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Hotel/Motel Mini Bars

I. Purpose

To set the policy of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission and establish the procedures whereby hotels and motels possessing retail liquor licenses may sell alcoholic beverages from “mini bars.”

II. Policy

It is the policy of this Commission to allow hotels and motels possessing retail liquor licenses to sell alcoholic beverages from “mini bars.”

III. Procedures

To sell alcoholic beverages from mini bars in hotels and motels, a retail liquor licensee must comply with the following:

  1. The licensee must possess valid local and state retail liquor licenses.
  2. The licensee’s management must be responsible for determining the eligibility of guests to purchase alcoholic liquor.
  3. The licensee’s management must be responsible for establishing a method of control to prevent the use of the machine when it is unlawful to sell or dispense alcoholic liquor as established by local ordinance.
  4. The licensee’s management must assist an agent of the Commission to examine or have access to the mini bars at any reasonable time.
  5. The operation of the mini bar must comply with all provisions of both the Illinois Liquor Control Act, the Rules and Regulations of the Commission, and local liquor control ordinances.
  6. Failure to implement or maintain the processes and procedures required herein shall result in the withdrawal of permission to operate the mini bar.

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