Village seeks grant for tobacco-sale stings

By on February 27, 2009

by Martha Quetsch
The village of Elburn will apply for another grant for a program that monitors local tobacco sales in the village to make sure businesses comply with the law.

Elburn Police Department conducts the program, which previously was funded with the grant, from the Illinois Liquor Control Commission.

Elburn Police Chief Jim Linane said to qualify for last year’s $1,100 grant, the Police Department was required to complete four sting operations per year at each of the five businesses in the village that sell tobacco products. During the sting, police send an underage person to the stores to attempt to buy tobacco products.

In addition to funding compliance checks, the grant money also helps the village provide educational materials for tobacco retailers.

Since 2000, the state commission provided grants to nearly 300 communities.


  1. art miller

    February 27, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    The land of the free, I dont think Elburn is the place to be these days. This sounds like nazi germany as we all know that hitler hated tobacco who and what else will be next on the list.

  2. Daniel Herkes

    February 28, 2009 at 8:13 AM

    Why not just stop selling cigarettes? Maybe the right place to sell that stuff is a tobacco store where they can card people properly. Is tax revenue now more precious than the public good?

  3. To Serve Warrants and protect themselves

    March 1, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Small village police officers are a joke. Plain and Simple.