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  • Illinois Liquor Laws and Penalties that Apply to Minors

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  • Happy Hour Laws

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    • Alcohol Sales and Service
    • DUI Laws and Penalties
    • How to Properly Check ID's
    • Dram Shop Laws
    • Victims Rights

    ** Citations from the Illinois Liquor Control Act of 1934, Illinois Vehicle Code and Illinois Constitution


    Laws Regarding Alcohol Sales and Service, DUI and Victims= Rights

    The Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) is the regulating agency for the Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training (BASSET) program. A major part of the BASSET program is to make sellers/servers of alcoholic beverages aware of the laws in the State of Illinois pertaining to sales and service of alcoholic beverages, DUI and Dram Shop laws, victims=rights, and how to properly check ID's. BASSET training is not mandatory in the State of Illinois, but the ILCC does encourage voluntary participation to promote responsible alcohol service and prevent alcohol-related fatalities.

    235 ILCS 5/6-16 (a)(i) No one may sell or serve alcohol to any person under the age of 21.
    235 ILCS 5/6-16 (a)(iii)No one may purchase or provide alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.
    235 ILCS 5/6-16 (a) (iii) (a)Violation of the above provisions is a Class A misdemeanor and the sentence shall include, but shall not be limited to a fine of not less than $500.
    235 ILCS 5/6-16 (a) (i) (a)Possession of alcohol in either an opened or closed container by anyone under the age of 21 on any street, highway or public place, can result in a Class B misdemeanor.
    235 ILCS 5/6-16 (iii) (a-1) (c)Any person can be found guilty of a Class A misdemeanor -- or Class 4 felony if resulting in death -- if he or she allows or knowingly permits a gathering at a residence which he or she occupies of two or more persons where any one or more of the guests is under 21 years of age, the following factors apply:

    1. The person occupying the residence knows that any such person under the age of 21 is in possession of or is consuming any alcoholic beverage and

    2. The person occupying the residence knows that the person under the age of 21 leaves the residence in an intoxicated condition.
    235 ILCS 5/6-16 (iii)(a-1)(d)Any person who rents a hotel or motel room while alcoholic beverages are being consumed by anyone under 21 years of age can be found guilty of a Class A misdemeanor and sentenced up to one year in jail and a $2500 fine. The penalty also applies to the hotel or motel.
    235 ILCS 5/6-20Any consumption, possession, purchase or acceptance of any alcoholic beverage as a gift by any person under the age of 21 is forbidden, except during a religious ceremony or under parental supervision in the privacy of a home. Anyone who violates this section shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
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