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The Evanston Police Department’s juvenile bureau detectives conducted a tobacco compliance check operation May 28 at 41 businesses in Evanston to ensure that minors under the age of 18 were not being illegally sold tobacco.

Found to be in violation as a result of this operation, two businesses conducted sales to persons under the age of 18. The Walgreens at 2100 Green Bay Road and Food 4 Less at 2400 Main St. were both cited for violating the City ordinance banning tobacco sales to those under 18.

The next day, May 29, the Evanston Police Department, working with the Illinois Liquor Control Commission, conducted alcohol compliance checks at 24 diffrent locations in Evanston to ensure no illegal sales of alcohol were being made to persons under the age of 21.  This operation found two establishments in violation: Ward Eight, 629 Howard St., and La Macchina, 1620 Orrington Ave. Both establishments were cited for violating the City ordinance and the State law prohibiting sales of alcoholic beverages to anyone under 21. 

These operations are usually conducted twice each year. Individuals 18 and older, help with the liquor compliance checks and minors under 18 with perental concent, for the tobacco compliance operation. They enter the establishment under the supervision of law enforcement and attempt to make a purchase.

All establishments cited under City ordinance will appear at administrative adjudication at the Civic Center.