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Homecoming booze buys bust 10

Updated: November 21, 2012 6:08AM

The Lake County Underage Drinking Task Force made a number of attempts to buy alcohol in a number of villages around school homecomings this year and found 10 violations.

Mundelein Police Chief Ray Rose said Friday that although the high school football season brings memorable events for young people, including homecoming games and related dances and parties, unfortunately, it can also include underage drinking.

The countywide effort was an attempt at promoting positive practices by stores and restaurants that sell alcohol. Law enforcement agencies worked with local groups and young adults to see if they could purchase liquor with identification that showed they were under 21.

“Consistency from community to community and monitoring underage drinking issues will help us be successful in addressing this problem and saving lives,” he said.

“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 Rose, co-chairman of the Lake County Underage Drinking Prevention Task Force.

Buffalo Grove did 15 checks and had zero violations; Deerfield had 10 checks and zero violations; Grayslake had 10 checks and two violations; Highland Park had 10 checks and zero violations; Lake Forest had 17 checks and zero violations; Lake Zurich had 15 checks and three violations; Mundelein had 14 checks and one violation; Riverwoods had two checks and one violation; Winthrop Harbor had 11 checks and three violations; and Zion had 14 checks and zero violations.

Sale of alcohol to a person under 21 years of age is illegal under local and state laws and is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail, fine or probation.

Liquor compliance checks are part of an initiative by the Lake County Underage Drinking Prevention Task Force which was formed to combine the efforts of the Lake County Chiefs of Police Association and the Lake County After School Coalition in the prevention of underage consumption of alcohol.

The coalition is made up of a diverse group of citizens including community members, parents, law enforcement personnel and other professionals interested in preventing underage drinking.

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