Saturday, December 29, 2012
Provisions of an Illinois law expands on parents' responsibilities to prevent underage drinking on their property.
- PUBLIC SAFETY
Saturday, December 29, 2012
A law taking effect Jan. 1 targeting underage drinking will crack down on parents who allow minors to drink anywhere on their property, expanding on the current law that specifies it is illegal to let minors drink at their home. The expanded law makes it a misdemeanor carrying a $500 fine for any adult to knowingly permit minors under the age of 21 to drink alcohol on their property or in their home. If the violation results in bodily harm or death, the adult will be charged with a felony, according to a press release. The provision also strikes the requirement that the person in the home knows about the underage drinking activity. Further, a parent or guardian who knowingly allows a minor to use their property in a way that violates the …
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
A Chicago Heights teen uses colorful language to express his disapproval of Homewood police after he was caught drinking underage at a local party.
Police responded to a report of a loud party in the 18500 block of Poplar Avenue around 2:23 a.m. and discovered an underage drinker, according to the report. The teen was one of a group of 20 to 30 who fled when police arrived, the report said. Noting a strong odor of alcohol, police asked the teen if he'd been drinking, and he responded, "you can't prove (profanity)." He then boasted that his "Chicago Heights" clout would get him released without charges, police said. During the transport to station, the teen bragged that he would have the mayor of Chicago Heights fire the officer from his position, commenting, "You don’t know who you’re (profanity) with. My mom is a Chicago Heights police dispatcher, you know what I could do with you?” …
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Moms weigh in on the pros and cons of underage, parent-supervised experimentation.
Many of us remember a classmate in high school who everyone thought was the luckiest kid alive. He or she was the one whose parents would allow parties at their home, provide alcohol for the kids and confiscate car keys so no one could drive. Somehow, in the thrill-seeking, indestructible teen mind, this was an ideal situation. Bad, dangerous behavior endorsed by a parent. Fast forward 20 years and your perspective changes. It's a fact of life that children will be presented with plenty of opportunities to experiment. Make alcohol a taboo topic and you run the risk of rebellion. Allowing your child to imbibe, but only in the confines of your home and while you're present, could lay the groundwork for reckless behavior when not under your …