News Release
City Services

July 9, 2012

BACP Releases Flagged Business List

BACP Jennifer Lipford    312.744.5365, jennifer.lipford@cityofchicago.org

 For Immediate Release
July 9th, 2012

Today, the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) published the latest flagged business list. Businesses on the list have received at least 2 adjudicated violations in the last 12 months. The flagged locations will be subject to increased inspections by all City regulatory agencies and further violations will result in disciplinary action and possible revocation of their business license.

BACP will also recommend the revocation of the business license for the retail store, "Get Connected”, located at 3647 W Division. Vice officers investigating a nearby shooting visited the store and arrested a store employee and another male for possession of firearms and drugs on the premise. The location also had several municipal code violations and BACP will use the incident to strengthen the case for revocation against the business. Another business, Nickel Liquors, located at 3637 W. Division will be investigated after police officers discovered a blue steel handgun with a defaced serial number under a pallet of soda in a public area of the store. Just one day before the gun was discovered by police, the location was cited by the Department of Buildings for code violations.

In both cases, these stores have been identified as places that offer protection and congregation for gang members. BACP will use this information and the business history to bolster cases against these businesses and remove the possibility that they will factor into more criminal activity. The current flagged business list contains 37 businesses, 18 of which have already been referred for disciplinary action.

 

24 FOODS—329 N LARAMIE AVE—REFERRED FOR ACTION

Added to list May 2012.
More than 5 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders
of liability, including violations for deceptive practices and liquor liability insurance.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “selling loose cigarettes and w/no
stamps,” “cigarettes selling to minors,” and “SELLING UNSTAMPED CIGARETTES - clerks go
to back room or behind counter.”

 

AM DOLLAR - 6407 N LEAVITT ST

Added to list May 2012.
More than 5 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders
of liability, including violations for selling un-stamped cigarettes, bidis, and deceptive practices.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “INDIVIDUAL CIGARETTES -
CIGARETTE PAPERS/WRAP - Numerous complaints about business selling cigarettes with
stamp/loose cigarettes” and “Overflowing carts - GARBAGE CARTS NEED TO BE EMPTIED”

 

AMOCO GAS AND FOOD—7603 S SOUTH CHICAGO—REFERRED

FOR ACTION

Added to list May 2012.
More than 6 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders
of liability, including violations for selling un-stamped cigarettes, possession or delivery of drug
paraphernalia, furnishing tobacco products or tobacco accessories to minors, and deceptive
practices.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “loose cigarette(for .50 cents)-clerk
from front register-cigarettes from indiana,” and “Owner smokes at the checout [sic] counter
while waiting on customers.”

 

AM-PM FOOD MART—1924 E 87TH—REFERRED FOR ACTION

Added to list May 2012.
More than 4 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders
of liability, including violations for selling un-stamped cigarettes and deceptive practices.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “Per Resident they believe they are
selling outstate cigarettes,” and “Owner smokes at the checout [sic] counter while waiting on
customers.”

 

BP—400 E. 95TH ST

Added to list June 2012.
5 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders of liability,
including violations for deceptive practices, lack of required tax stamps, record keeping, and
sale outdated formula.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “No warning sign posted—selling
unstamped cigarettes—under the counter” “expired grape crush 24 oz expired—staff placed
back on shelf” and “garbage in alley.”

 

CERMAK PRODUCE—3311 W 26TH ST

Added to list May 2012.
5 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders of liability,
including violations for control of vermin and insects, sanitation requirements, compliance with
city regulations, and deceptive practices.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “cermak/market - rats and roaches,”
“Very dirty all over inside,” “selling rotten food -- rice pudding,” and “Dumpster not being
emptied.”

 

CERMAK PRODUCE—1711 W CERMAK RD

Added to list May 2012.
4 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders of liability,
including violations for sanitation requirements, compliance with city regulations, selling
outdated merchandise and deceptive practices.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “selling spoiled food. etc./,” “brought a
package of st.louis bbque ribs that had a live black fly wrapped inside the package,” and “FOOD
WAS SPOILED, PRE PACKAGED DANISH MOLD ON THE BOTTOM.”

 

CHICAGO AVENUE DISCOUNT – 5605 W CHICAGO AVE

Added to list May 2012.
More than 19 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in
orders of liability, including violations for selling un-stamped cigarettes, furnishing tobacco
products to minors, and deceptive practices.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “INDIVIDUAL CIGARETTES -
CIGARETTE PAPERS/WRAP” and numerous complaints about “Chicago Avenue Discount
Store is selling cigarette without the city stamp” and “selling loose cigarettes.”

 

CITGO FOOD AND MINI MART—6700 S COTTAGE GROVE

Added to list May 2012.
3 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders of liability,
including violations for selling outdated merchandise, possession or delivery of drug
paraphernalia, and price marking and display.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “SELLING CIGARRETTES FROM
INDIANA STATE,” “selling loose and packaged cigarettes to minors,” “Employee/Owner
Smoking - cash register area,” and “PUMP RUNNING TO FAST.”

 

CITGO—5901 S. ASHLAND AVE

Added to list June 2012.
3 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders of liability,
including violations for possession or delivery of drug paraphernalia, furnishing tobacco
products or tobacco accessories to minors, and deceptive practices.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “caller saw rats inside of store on 2
occasions, near the chip/cookie/freezer aisle” “bought 4 gallons & thinks he was shorted by a
faulty/rigged gas pump,” and “Nehi pop marked 99 cents was charged 1.08 at register and was
not given a receipt.”

 

CITGO FUEL AND MINI MART—8200 S. KEDZIE AVE.

Added to list June 2012.
2 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders of liability,
including violations for the sale of outdated formula and possession or delivery of drug
paraphernalia.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “the parking lot—drug sales—8-10
PM” “drug sales—late night from 6PM to the early morning—young males, African American”
“drug sales—evening” “selling loose cigarettes” and “selling unstamped cigarettes—selling
blunts.”

 

CITGO FUEL—7114 S. VINCENNES AVE

Added to list June 2012.
More than 3 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders
of liability, including violations for deceptive practices, lack of required tax stamps, record
keeping, and posting of tobacco warning to minors.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “Selling unstamped cigarettes” “not
displaying price of fuel the citgo gas station” and “CALLER PUT 25.00 OF GAS IN VEHICLE --
SHE NEED FULE PUMP SPARKS PLUGS GAS WAS FULL OF WATER 7 gallons of water in
tank.”

 

CITGO FUEL—7901 S. DAMEN

Added to list June 2012.
More than 5 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders
of liability, including violations for sanitation requirements, food not properly stored or labeled,
control of vermin and insects, deceptive practices, possession or delivery of drug paraphernalia,
record keeping and required tax stamps.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “drug sales inside the store and
outside by the pump—daytime and afternoons” “cigars—selling for 1.50 but has a sticker for 99
cents” and “when caller began to pump gas there was an automatic 15 cnt [sic] already showing
on the pump.”

 

CLARK—5035 W DIVISION—REFERRED FOR ACTION

Added to list May 2012.
2 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders of liability,
including police violations for drinking in public way and selling un-stamped cigarettes.

 

CONGRESS CORPORATION—2135 N MILWAUKEE AVE—REFERRED

FOR ACTION

Added to list May 2012.
More than one docket at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in order
of liability, including violation for failure to repair or replace defective fire pump, and police
violations including violations for failure to cooperate, fire hazard, and operating after permitted
hours.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “allows smoking inside the venue, in a
blatant violation of the City of Chicago Clean Indoor Air,” “during concerts back stage door are
locked - emerenecy [sic] exits.,” and “caller said that there is no fire safety signs and no exit
signs and no occupancy signs posted”

 

DOLLAR DEPOT - 343 E 103RD ST

Added to list May 2012.
More than 8 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders
of liability, including violations for selling un-stamped cigarettes, deceptive practices, and
possession of drug paraphernalia.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comment: “INDIVIDUAL CIGARETTES/newport
100's - NO WARNING SIGN POSTED - dollar depot -- selling to the school kids. when they get
out of school”

 

DUNKIN DONUTS—800 N. KEDZIE

Added to list June 2012.
3 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders of liability,
including violations for sanitation requirements and control of vermin and insects.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “Observed Large Rat in Restaurant
near serving area” “fly [sic] are everywhere even on the donuts,” and “bugs on donuts because
they are not covered.”

 

GJK PETROLEUM INC—734 W 111TH ST—REFERRED FOR ACTION

Added to list May 2012.
More than 10 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in
orders of liability, including violations for control of vermin and insects, compliance with city
regulations, and possession or delivery of drug paraphernalia.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “Rodent infestation. - First floor,”
“CALLER STATES THAT THE PUMP DID WORK CORRECTLY,” “CALLER STATES SHE
PAID FOR $10 OF GAS AND THE GAS DID NOT GO INTO THE TANK,” and “caller bought 1
gallon of milk and when she got it home it was spoiled.”

 

HALSTED DISCOUNT—12301 S. HALSTED

Added to list May 2012.
More than 11 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in
orders of liability, including violations for selling un-stamped cigarettes, furnishing tobacco
products to minors, and deceptive practices.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “selling cigarettes to minors and
selling unstamped cigarettes,” “exchanges food stamps for cash,” “Selling Outdated Enfamil and
food.”

 

JAMAICA FOOD AND LIQUOR—4252 S COTTAGE GROVE AVE—

REFERRED FOR ACTION

Added to list May 2012.
More than 3 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders
of liability, including violations for deceptive practices and furnishing tobacco products or
tobacco accessories to minors.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “Believed to have multiple violations
interior and exterior,” and “mice and rats inside store - there have been rodent holes in potatoe
[sic] chip skins bag”

 

LARISTOS—606 E 75TH ST—REFERRED FOR ACTION

Added to list May 2012.
3 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders of liability,
including violations for liquor liability insurance, closure order violations, and food establishment
compliance.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comment: “Dumpster not being emptied garbage
[sic] in alley yard and inside of club”

 

LAWRENCE DISCOUNT ENTERPRISE—3737 W LAWRENCE—

REFERRED FOR ACTION

Added to list May 2012.
Police violations including violations for illegal conduct on premises (felony conviction).
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “Live DJ and Booze and NO LICENCE
- UNDER AGE DRINKING - 3 STORE FRONTS RESTURANT,” “Entertainment and music
during the weekend nights between 10:30 pm - 3:00 am.,” and “SERVING FOOD, TOBACCO,
LIQUOR AND ENTERTAINING AFTER MIDNIGHT ON SATURDAYS”

 

MARATHON—6124 S ASHLAND

Added to list May 2012.
6 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders of liability,
including violations for control of vermin and insects, previous serious and/or minor violations no
corrected, deceptive practices, and selling un-stamped cigarettes.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “selling 2 loose cigarettes for $1,”
“freezer foods old/spoiled- not kept at right temps,” and “GAS STATION - INFESTED WITH
RATS.”

 

MCDONALDS—207 E 35TH ST

Added to list May 2012.
3 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders of liability,
including violations for control of vermin and insects, food handling and sanitation certificates
required, and compliance with city regulations.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “employees are not wearing hair nets,”
“infested with ants,” “dead bugs & live bugs - all over & by juice machine,” “no gloves while
preparing food,” and “roach inside the drink.”

 

MCDONALDS—2609 S KEDZIE

Added to list May 2012.
2 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders of liability,
including violations for control of vermin and insects.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “rats on the premises - childrens
playroom, and kitchen,” “found hair in sandwich,” “CALLER SPOTTED RATS IN THE INDOOR
PLAYGROUND INSIDE THE RESTAURANT,” and “Serving undercooked food.”

 

R & G MILLER INC—939-941 N PULASKI RD—REFERRED FOR

ACTION

Added to list May 2012.
More than one docket at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in
orders of liability, including violations for failure to discontinue using and remove pad locks from
all 1st floor required and police violations for overoccupancy and operating after a cease & desist
order..

 

SAA FOOD AND LIQUORS—2561 E 75TH ST—REFERRED FOR

ACTION

Added to list May 2012.
3 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders of liability,
including violations for failure to control vermin and insects, sanitation requirements, and false
burglar alarm.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “illegal sale liquor,” “illegal sale of
tobacco to minors,” and “illegal sale of liquor to miners”

 

SANCHEZ, ARMANDO R—1402 N ASHLAND AVE—REFERRED FOR

ACTION

Added to list May 2012.
2 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders of liability,
including violations for defective or missing members of exterior stair system and maintenance
of grease container.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “Standing water in basement,
unsanitary conditions,” and “Very unsanitary conditions, illegally curing meats in the basement.”

SID’S LOUNGE—2340 W 69TH ST—REFERRED FOR ACTION

Added to list May 2012.
More than 3 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders
of liability, including violations for selling un-stamped cigarettes, furnishing tobacco products or
tobacco accessories to minors, and deceptive practices.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “expired food items such as bacon and
milk,” and “BOONES FARM - OVERCHARGED TAXES”

 

SOUTH SHORE PRODUCE—7900 S SOUTH SHORE DRIVE—

REFERRED FOR ACTION

Added to list May 2012.
More than 6 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders
of liability, including violations for deceptive practices, price marking and display, sanitation
requirements, and fraud in connection with sales.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “2. Over-serving Patrons, 6. Narcotics,
7. Noise” and “FOOD COOLER AND FREEZER TEMPATURE IS NOT SET PROPERLY AND
THERE PRICES CHANGE ON A DAILY BASES”

SUBWAY—816 N STATE ST

Added to list May 2012.
More than 3 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders
of liability, including violations for sanitation requirements, over accumulation of refuse in refuse
container, and food handling and sanitation certificates required.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “caller ordered a chicken breast
sandwich and him and his wife got food poisoning,” “Lack of air conditioning; unrefridgerated
meats / condiments,” and “MANGER SAID THAT THEY CAN'T GIVE ME RECEIPT.”

 

SUBWAY—9518 S. HALSTED ST.

Added to list June 2012.
3 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders of liability,
including violations for sanitation requirements, control of vermin and insects, and previous
serious and/or minor violations not corrected.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “there were bug comming [sic] out of
sandwiches that we were eating” “restroom inside has been out of over [sic] for 1 year” and “No
water”

 

SWEET TART INC—1559 S HOMAN AVE

Added to list May 2012.
12 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders of
liability, including violations for selling un-stamped cigarettes, furnishing tobacco products or
tobacco accessories to minors, and deceptive practices.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “loose cigarette(for .50 cents)-clerk
from front register-cigarettes from indiana,” and “cllr saw store clerk sell a loose cigarette to a
young boy. @4:00pm”

 

THREE STARS LIQUORS—310 N KOSTNER—REFERRED FOR

ACTION

Added to list May 2012.
More than 3 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders
of liability, including violations for price marking and display, outdated formula, deceptive
practices, and fraud in connection with a sale.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “THREE STARS LIQUORS -
ALCOHOL TO MINORS,” “RAT INFESTED RATS AND CATS, DIRTY,” and “WATER IS IN
THE LIGHT SCOKETS AND LEAKING - INSID EOF THE STORE”

 

TONY’S FINER FOODS ENTERPRISES INC—2500 N CENTRAL AVE

Added to list May 2012.
5 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders of liability,
including violations for deceptive practices.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “inaccurate scales,” “unsanitary
conditions in meat department,” “EMPLOYEES DO NOT WEAR GLOVES TO CUT MEATINFESTED
WITH ROACHES AND MICE-MICE TRAPS IN BAKERY AND NEAR SPICESROACH
ON CEREAL BOX.”

 

TONY’S FINER FOODS ENTERPRISES INC—3607 W FULLERTON AVE

Added to list May 2012.
5 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders of liability,
including violations for deceptive practices.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “outdated meat,” “PURCHASED 2
BAGS OF SALAD FOR $3 INSTEAD THE REGISTER RUNG 2 FOR $4,” and numerous
complaints about “Purchased Milk - Milk Spoiled.”

 

TONY’S FINER FOODS ENTERPRISES INC—4137 N ELSTON AVE

Added to list May 2012.
2 dockets at Administrative Hearings in previous 12 months, which resulted in orders of liability,
including violations for un-stamped cigarettes, furnishing tobacco products to minors, and selling
outdated merchandise.
Community Calls to 311 include the following comments: “CALLER FOUND PIECE OF WOOD
IN ONE OF TONY'S BAKERY COFFEE CAKES,” “SELLING SPOILED MEAT,” and numerous
complaints about “rodents---in store.”