POPLAR GROVE – The Village of Poplar Grove has been chosen by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission to receive a grant in the amount of $1,500 to establish a comprehensive educational and enforcement program addressing minimum-age tobacco laws.

“We are pleased to receive this grant to enhance our efforts to reduce youth access to tobacco products. The health of the children in our community is very important,” John Neitzel, Village President said.

The Commission, the state’s lead agency in developing strategies to reduce the illegal sale of tobacco products to minors, annually awards $1 million in grants to communities that are willing to implement its Tobacco Enforcement Program.

Participating communities are required to provide retail education to its retailers prior to implementing the enforcement component. All tobacco retailers will receive the Commission’s Tobacco Retailer Kit which includes a review of state minimum-age tobacco laws, required signage and training guides for their personnel.

In addition, each tobacco retailer will receive three compliance checks. Tobacco retailers within the entire program currently average over 80 percent compliance rates.

For additional information, call (312) 814-3083 or write to the Illinois Liquor Control Commission at 100 W. Randolph St., Suite 7-801, Chicago, Ill., 60601, or visit us on our website at www.state.il.us/lcc.

People can also contact the Village of Poplar Grove 200 Hill St., Poplar Grove, Ill., 61065, or by phone at (815) 765-3201 or go on their website at www.villageofpoplargrove.com.

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