Commisioner to decide penalty
by Martha Quetsch
ELBURNâ€”Village Liquor Commissioner Dave Anderson said he is not sure if the village will penalize three Elburn businesses that violated the village liquor code by selling alcohol to minors on May 20.
Schmidt’s Towne Tavern, 107 N. Main St., Riley’s Classic Bar & Grill, 117 N. Main St., and Rosati’s, 860 N. Main St., received citations for violating the state liquor code by selling liquor to underage, undercover buyers in a state-agency sting May 20. The illegal sales also violated the village’s liquor code.
Anderson said the village has yet to receive official notification of the citations from the Illinois Liquor Control Commission, which conducted the sting. When he does, Anderson will decide whether the village should review the local violations.
â€œIf they are adjucicated by the state, it could be a double jeaopardy situation,â€ Anderson said.
Anderson said he would not preside over any village hearing related to Schmidt’s offense, since he did not grant that tavern’s liquor license. Trustee Bill Grabarek likely would; Grabarek served as the liquor commissioner granting the Schmidt’s liquor license last year because of Anderson’s conflict of interest as the owner of Schmidt’s building at that time, Anderson said.
The village typically follows progressive discipline in cases of liquor-code violations, starting with a fine for a minor infraction, and more for serious or repeat infractions, Assistant Village Administrator Dave Morrison said. Penalties could range from a liquor-license suspension of one or more days to a license revocation. He said it is up to liquor commissioner to look at all the circumstances, decide how serious the violation was and what, if any, penalty the business will receive.
â€œThe local liquor commissioner has broad discretion in dealing with these matters,â€ Morrison said.