DUPAGE COUNTY, Illinois – Forty percent of selected DuPage County businesses failed a test last week to see if they would sell liquor to underage customers, sheriff’s police said Wednesday.
The DuPage County Sheriff’s Department and the Illinois State Police, using two employees who are under 21 years old, tested 22 grocery stores, taverns and liquor stores in unincorporated areas. The two decoys were accompanied by police officers to see if the businesses would check identification.
Nine of the 22 businesses failed and were reported to the county liquor commission. The employees making the sales were charged with unlawful sale of alcohol to a minor.
DuPage Sheriff John Zaruba said he believes spring is a good time to demonstrate the county’s serious efforts to cut down on teenage drinking and the resulting problems.
The nine business that allegedly sold beer to the minors were CJ’s Tavern and Classic Fuel Mart, near Wheaton; Billie’s Pub, near Carol Stream; Half-time Sports Bar, near West Chicago; Five Star Pantry, near Hinsdale; and four Lombard-area businesses, White Hen Pantry on Lloyd Avenue, E.J. Riles, Half-time Sports Bar and Chicago Pizza Kitchen.
The names of the businesses have been forwarded to the DuPage County Liquor Commission.