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LIQUOR
(235 ILCS 5/) Liquor Control Act of 1934.

235 ILCS 5/Art. IV

 
    (235 ILCS 5/Art. IV heading)
ARTICLE IV. LOCAL CONTROL

235 ILCS 5/4-1

    (235 ILCS 5/4-1) (from Ch. 43, par. 110)
    Sec. 4-1. In every city, village or incorporated town, the city council or president and board of trustees, and in counties in respect of territory outside the limits of any such city, village or incorporated town the county board shall have the power by general ordinance or resolution to determine the number, kind and classification of licenses, for sale at retail of alcoholic liquor not inconsistent with this Act and the amount of the local licensee fees to be paid for the various kinds of licenses to be issued in their political subdivision, except those issued to the specific non-beverage users exempt from payment of license fees under Section 5-3 which shall be issued without payment of any local license fees, and the manner of distribution of such fees after their collection; to regulate or prohibit the presence of persons under the age of 21 on the premises of licensed retail establishments of various kinds and classifications where alcoholic liquor is drawn, poured, mixed or otherwise served for consumption on the premises; to prohibit any minor from drawing, pouring, or mixing any alcoholic liquor as an employee of any retail licensee; and to prohibit any minor from at any time attending any bar and from drawing, pouring or mixing any alcoholic liquor in any licensed retail premises; and to establish such further regulations and restrictions upon the issuance of and operations under local licenses not inconsistent with law as the public good and convenience may require; and to provide penalties for the violation of regulations and restrictions, including those made by county boards, relative to operation under local licenses; provided, however, that in the exercise of any of the powers granted in this section, the issuance of such licenses shall not be prohibited except for reasons specifically enumerated in Sections 6-2, 6-11, 6-12 and 6-25 of this Act.
    However, in any municipality with a population exceeding 1,000,000 that has adopted the form of government authorized under "An Act concerning cities, villages, and incorporated towns, and to repeal certain Acts herein named", approved August 15, 1941, as amended, no person shall be granted any license or privilege to sell alcoholic liquors between the hours of two o'clock a.m. and seven o'clock a.m. on week days unless such person has given at least 14 days prior written notice to the alderman of the ward in which such person's licensed premises are located stating his intention to make application for such license or privilege and unless evidence confirming service of such written notice is included in such application. Any license or privilege granted in violation of this paragraph shall be null and void.
(Source: P.A. 99-46, eff. 7-15-15.)

235 ILCS 5/4-2

    (235 ILCS 5/4-2) (from Ch. 43, par. 111)
    Sec. 4-2. The mayor or president of the board of trustees of each city, village or incorporated town or his or her designee, and the president or chairman of the county board or his or her designee, shall be the local liquor control commissioner for their respective cities, villages, incorporated towns and counties, and shall be charged with the administration in their respective jurisdictions of the appropriate provisions of this Act and of such ordinances and resolutions relating to alcoholic liquor as may be enacted; but the authority of the president or chairman of the county board or his or her designee shall extend only to that area in any county which lies outside the corporate limits of the cities, villages and incorporated towns therein and those areas which are owned by the county and are within the corporate limits of the cities, villages and incorporated towns with a population of less than 1,000,000, however, such county shall comply with the operating rules of the municipal ordinances affected when issuing their own licenses.
    However, such mayor, president of the board of trustees or president or chairman of the county board or his or her designee may appoint a person or persons to assist him in the exercise of the powers and the performance of the duties herein provided for such local liquor control commissioner.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section to the contrary, the mayor of a city with a population of 55,000 or less or the president of a village with a population of 55,000 or less that has an interest in the manufacture, sale, or distribution of alcoholic liquor must direct the council or board over which he or she presides to appoint, by majority vote, a person other than him or her to serve as the local liquor control commissioner. The appointment must be made within 30 days from the day on which the mayor or president takes office, and the mayor or president cannot make nominations or serve any other role in the appointment. To prevent any conflict of interest, the mayor or president with the interest in the manufacture, sale, or distribution of alcoholic liquor shall not participate in any meetings, hearings, or decisions on matters impacting the manufacture, sale, or distribution of alcoholic liquor. Further, the appointee (i) shall be an attorney with an active license to practice law in the State of Illinois, (ii) shall not legally represent liquor license applicants or holders before the jurisdiction over which he or she presides as local liquor control commissioner or before an adjacent jurisdiction, (iii) shall not have an interest in the manufacture, sale, or distribution of alcoholic liquor, and (iv) shall not be appointed to a term to exceed the term of the mayor, president, or members of the council or board.
(Source: P.A. 97-1059, eff. 8-24-12; 98-10, eff. 5-6-13.)

235 ILCS 5/4-3

    (235 ILCS 5/4-3) (from Ch. 43, par. 111a)
    Sec. 4-3. The city council of each city and the president and board of trustees of each village and incorporated town and the county board are authorized to fix and pay compensation to the local liquor control commissioner of the particular city, village, incorporated town or county, as the case may be, and compensation to such deputies, assistants or employees as may be deemed necessary for the proper performance of the duties vested in him.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

235 ILCS 5/4-4

    (235 ILCS 5/4-4) (from Ch. 43, par. 112)
    Sec. 4-4. Each local liquor control commissioner shall also have the following powers, functions, and duties with respect to licenses, other than licenses to manufacturers, importing distributors, distributors, foreign importers, non-resident dealers, non-beverage users, brokers, railroads, airplanes, and boats:
        1. To grant or suspend for not more than 30 days or
    
revoke for cause all local licenses issued to persons for premises within his jurisdiction;
        2. To enter or to authorize any law enforcing officer
    
to enter at any time upon any premises licensed hereunder to determine whether any of the provisions of this Act or any rules or regulations adopted by him or by the State Commission have been or are being violated, and at such time to examine said premises of said licensee in connection therewith;
        3. To notify the Secretary of State where a club
    
incorporated under the General Not for Profit Corporation Act of 1986 or a foreign corporation functioning as a club in this State under a certificate of authority issued under that Act has violated this Act by selling or offering for sale at retail alcoholic liquors without a retailer's license;
        4. To receive a complaint from any citizen within his
    
jurisdiction that any of the provisions of this Act, or any rules or regulations adopted pursuant hereto, have been or are being violated and to act upon the complaint in the manner hereinafter provided;
        5. To receive local license fees and pay the same
    
forthwith to the city, village, town, or county treasurer, as the case may be.
    Each local liquor commissioner also has the duty to notify the Secretary of State of any convictions or dispositions of court supervision for a violation of Section 6-20 of this Act or a similar provision of a local ordinance.
    In counties and municipalities, the local liquor control commissioners shall also have the power to levy fines in accordance with Section 7-5 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 100-863, eff. 8-14-18.)

235 ILCS 5/4-5

    (235 ILCS 5/4-5) (from Ch. 43, par. 113)
    Sec. 4-5. The local liquor control commissioner shall have the right to examine, or cause to be examined, under oath, any applicant for a local license or for a renewal thereof, or any licensee upon whom notice of revocation or suspension has been served in the manner hereinafter provided, and to examine or cause to be examined, the books and records of any such applicant or licensee; to hear testimony and take proof for his information in the performance of his duties, and for such purpose to issue subpoenas which shall be effective in any part of this State. For the purpose of obtaining any of the information desired by the local liquor control commissioner under this section, he may authorize his agent to act on his behalf.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

235 ILCS 5/4-6

    (235 ILCS 5/4-6) (from Ch. 43, par. 114)
    Sec. 4-6. When, in this Act, the local liquor control commissioner shall be referred to, it shall include any committee or other agency appointed by such local liquor control commissioner.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

235 ILCS 5/4-7

    (235 ILCS 5/4-7) (from Ch. 43, par. 114a)
    Sec. 4-7. The local liquor control commissioner shall have the right to require fingerprints of any applicant for a local license or for a renewal thereof other than an applicant who is an air carrier operating under a certificate or a foreign air permit issued pursuant to the Federal Aviation Act of 1958. Each applicant shall submit his or her fingerprints to the Department of State Police in the form and manner prescribed by the Department of State Police. These fingerprints shall be checked against the fingerprint records now and hereafter filed in the Department of State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal history records databases. The Department of State Police shall charge a fee for conducting the criminal history records check, which shall be deposited in the State Police Services Fund and shall not exceed the actual cost of the records check. The Department of State Police shall furnish pursuant to positive identification, records of conviction to the local liquor control commissioner. For purposes of obtaining fingerprints under this Section, the local liquor commissioner shall collect a fee and forward the fee to the appropriate policing body who shall submit the fingerprints and the fee to the Illinois Department of State Police.
(Source: P.A. 93-418, eff. 1-1-04.)