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179 of 183 Lake County businesses refuse alcohol sale to minors

Updated: March 14, 2014 7:56AM

Lake County law enforcement agencies sent minors into 183 businesses during winter break to enforce the illegal sale of alcohol to those under 21, but only four restaurants and packaged-liquor outlets took the bait.

Police cited one establishment in Zion and three in Vernon Hills, according to a county report.

Vernon Hills also had the second-largest sample size, with 44 inspections. Only Gurnee had more with 46 compliance checks, and none sold to minors.

Buffalo Grove’s liquor licensees went 13-for-13, all 10 in Deerfield complied, and all seven in Libertyville checked IDs and refused sales.

In Zion, only one of 14 checks resulted in a bust.

“Consistency from community to community and monitoring underage drinking issues will help us be successful in addressing this problem and saving lives. Our desire is to see 100 percent compliance, but it is refreshing to see the majority of businesses realize the seriousness of this issue and did not sell alcohol to the underage participants,” said Bruce Johnson, who chairs the Lake County Underage Drinking and Drug Prevention Task Force.

The task force combined the efforts of the Lake County Chiefs of Police Association and the Lake County After School Coalition to prevent underage consumption of alcohol. The group includes community members, parents, law enforcement personnel and other professionals.

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