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3 Algonquin businesses net fines for serving alcohol to minors

Algonquin Village President John Schmitt listens to public comment July 24 at a Committee of the Whole meeting. Schmitt also serves as the village's liquor commissioner.
Algonquin Village President John Schmitt listens to public comment July 24 at a Committee of the Whole meeting. Schmitt also serves as the village's liquor commissioner.

Three Algonquin businesses pleaded guilty Tuesday to serving alcohol to minors during a Liquor Control Commission hearing.

Aldi Inc., at 425 S. Randall Road; Buona Beef, at 501 S. Randall Road; and the Mobil gas station at 2390 E. Algonquin Road all settled the liquor violations, Village President John Schmitt said. Schmitt also acts as the village’s liquor commissioner.

For Aldi and Buona Beef, this was their first offense. Each received a $1,000 fine and had to pay all court costs and receive Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and training, known as BASSET alcohol training.

This is the Mobil station’s second offense. It received a $2,000 fine, must pay court costs and received a four-day suspension of its liquor license from Jan. 20 through Feb. 2.

Schmitt said once a business receives three suspensions, village officials discuss whether they’re going to renew that establishment’s license.

This has not happened for many years in Algonquin, though, Schmitt said. The last time was when a business had an “extensive amount” of violations, for which it was given a 30-day suspension.

Schmitt said it is up to the business on how it deals with the employee who served liquor to the minor.

“We always tell [the business] that we take it very seriously,” Schmitt said. “It’s very, very important to the village they keep their nose clean and don’t do it again.”

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