- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois authorities have penalized 26 Rockford businesses for selling alcohol to minors.

The Illinois Liquor Control Commission on Tuesday released the results of a hearing held Sept. 17. The businesses served alcohol to individuals under 21 years old in May or June, the commission found. They were either fined, had their license briefly suspended or both, the Rockford Register Star reported (http://bit.ly/1DxaRoS ).

Five of the businesses had previously been cited for the violation in the last three years. The commission also penalized three businesses in Elgin and Genoa.

The commission performs underage compliance checks on a random basis around the state. High school and college-age minors are hired to buy the alcohol, and many of them are interested in law enforcement as a career.

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Information from: Rockford Register Star, http://www.rrstar.com

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