SPRINGFIELD – A downtown Alton bar sold alcohol to underage customers last month, according to the Illinois Liquor Control Commission.
In July, the commission conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 342 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 47 for violations of liquor control laws. Eighty-six percent of the licensees visited complied with Illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers.
In Madison County, Ragin Cajun Piano Bar, 210 W. Third St., was the only business listed as failing the compliance check.
The report is a result of undercover and cooperative law enforcement operations conducted by commission agents, local law enforcement officials and volunteers from high schools and colleges. The teams randomly visit liquor stores, restaurants and bars in communities around the state to check for ongoing compliance with state laws mandating that no liquor is sold to minors younger than 21. Commission agents also work with local and state law enforcement agents to focus on communities with a high incidence of underage liquor sales.
For information about hearings, visit the Illinois Liquor Control Commission’s website. Wednesday, Aug. 20, is the next scheduled hearing date.