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New License Lookup search feature now available on the ILCC website

DATE: January 4, 2010
CONTACT: Ted Penesis (

CHICAGO—As part of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s “Transparency Initiative” to make more information available online, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) went ‘live’ with its new License Lookup system today.

By clicking on the new License Lookup feature, patrons, neighbors and other interested parties will be able to check the status of a liquor license, the business name and the people who are listed as the owners of any Illinois-licensed bar, restaurant or off-premises liquor store.

“We’re pleased to be able to offer Illinoisans this important information in a way that is user-friendly and practically instantaneous,” said ILCC Executive Director Lainie Krozel. “We’ve been able to provide information about licenses in the past but, through the hard work of our staff, we are now able to provide our licensing data quickly to any interested party.”

License Lookup allows people to search for any of the almost 28,000 businesses licensed to sell liquor in Illinois, including almost 14,000 licensed bars, taverns, restaurants and liquor stores in any county in Illinois, as well as distributors, importers, winery shippers and special event operators. Users can search for a liquor license using various search options such as business name, county, city, street name and/or number, or zip code. They can also search by entering all or part of the name of a licensee or owner.

People interested in obtaining a license to sell liquor in Illinois can also find application information and forms on the website. The ILCC Licensing Division works directly with new licensees and those renewing their licenses.

The ILCC website also makes information available about licensees who violate various laws and regulations. Interested parties can find Monthly Compliance Reports noting the results of its ongoing efforts to deter sales of alcoholic beverages to underage customers. Additionally, all licensees receiving disciplinary actions and monetary fines from the Board of Commissioners can be found by visiting the Citation Docket section on the website. 

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