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Beverage servers to see training changes under new Illinois regulations

From Illinois Business Journal news services

SPRINGFIELD — New regulations are to take effect impacting all Beverage Alcohol Sellers/Servers Education & Training (BASSET) trainees throughout the state, as well as Cook County bars and restaurants.

Beginning on July 1, all current and future BASSET cardholders will need to renew their certification every three years. In addition, all Cook County servers and “bouncers” (those whose job description entails the checking of identification when alcohol is consumed on the premises) must be trained and certified.

The hospitality industry supported the new measures, a state official says.

“Simply put, having a professionally-trained staff is good for business,” says Education Manager Ted Penesis for the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. “This is especially critical during tough economic times. But even more importantly, BASSET is designed to protect the health, safety and welfare of the general public.”

To ease the transition for trainees and liquor establishments, monetary penalties for non-compliance with the new provisions will not start until January.

The Liquor Commission is also developing a new sales/server certification database that will allow BASSET cardholders to access and print their certification via a secured system on the commission’s website. Once registered, BASSET cardholders will have the ability to print out their card at no cost.

Additionally, the improved procedure will enable liquor retailers to instantly check on a potential hire’s BASSET certification status.

To learn more, including information about classes, visit the BASSET home page at


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