20 Years ago in the Wednesday Journal, December 19, 1984

Oak Park cops crack down on underage drinking


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Oak Park cops crack down on underage drinking

At the request of the village board, Oak Park police began a campaign to crack down on underage drinking, vowing to arrest any youth caught drinking, or any adult providing liquor to minors.

Then police chief Keith Bergstrom described underage drinking as "a recurring problem that is especially pronounced around school breaks, the holiday season and graduation, especially graduation."

In November of 1984, the village board passed a resolution reaffirming its policy against underage drinking and possession of liquor, after trustees heard increasing complaints from residents.

Trustees worked with the "Chemical People Task Force" and the Oak Park Township Youth Committee to draft the statement.

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