commission accepts largest-ever fine, suspension of retailer license
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[MAY 16, 2006]
CHICAGO -- The Illinois Liquor Control Commission
has levied a $300,000 fine and seven-day suspension, of which three
days will be served, as part of a negotiated settlement with Sam's
Wine & Spirits.
The fine and suspension by
the commission was the culmination of a nearly two-year
investigation into the Chicago retailer's business practices. The
fine is the largest ever given by the
Illinois Liquor Control
Commission, which was established in 1934 to regulate the liquor
industry after the repeal of Prohibition.
Sam's Wine & Spirits
will serve its three-day suspension beginning on Jan. 1, 2007, with
the remaining four days of the suspension served in the event that
the licensee does not adhere to the terms stated in the agreement.
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The licensee must also remove all alcoholic beverages from its
warehouse by the end of May, have store employees attend a training
seminar detailing the proper sale and marketing of alcoholic
beverages to the public, and post a notice at each of its cash
registers stating that other retail liquor licensees are not
permitted by law to purchase alcoholic beverages from the licensee.
Liquor Control Commission news release]