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Busting Businesses that Sell Booze to Minors

Updated: Monday, June 9 2014, 10:34 AM CDT

ILLINOIS -- At least 15 businesses across Illinois busted by state police for selling alcohol to minors.
Nine of them in Champaign and Vermilion counties.

Between April and May, state police ran surveillance on 63 businesses and bars. They also surveyed businesses in Macon, Shelby and Coles counties.
Of the five bars in Champaign, state police say 25 citations were given to minors.

Police in Champaign say it's less than what they might see during a busy weekend on the U of I campus.
Regardless, one Champaign woman says investigations like this are a great way to keep minors, and others, safe.

"I just feel like that obviously the drinking age is 21 for a reason and it's a responsibility and I feel like it comes with age and there's a reason why it comes with age."

Champaign Police Sergeant Joe Ketchem says the city's surveillance checks were done right before the U of I's "reading day," that's the day before "finals week" designated for students to study for exams.
Minors who were cited could have their licenses suspended or revoked by the Illinois Secretary of State.

Busting Businesses that Sell Booze to Minors

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