by Martha Quetsch
The village of Elburn will apply for another grant for a program that monitors local tobacco sales in the village to make sure businesses comply with the law.
Elburn Police Department conducts the program, which previously was funded with the grant, from the Illinois Liquor Control Commission.
Elburn Police Chief Jim Linane said to qualify for last year’s $1,100 grant, the Police Department was required to complete four sting operations per year at each of the five businesses in the village that sell tobacco products. During the sting, police send an underage person to the stores to attempt to buy tobacco products.
In addition to funding compliance checks, the grant money also helps the village provide educational materials for tobacco retailers.
Since 2000, the state commission provided grants to nearly 300 communities.