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(410 ILCS 620/21.5)
Default beverage for children's meals.
(a) In this Section:
"Children's meal" means a combination of food items sold for a single price intended for consumption by children.
"Default beverage" means a beverage automatically included as part of a children's meal absent a specific
request by the purchaser of the children's meal for an alternative beverage.
"Restaurant" has the same meaning provided in Section 21.4 of this Act.
(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a restaurant shall, by default, include one of the following default beverages with a children's meal sold by the restaurant:
(1) water with no added natural or artificial
(2) sparkling water with no added natural or
(3) flavored water with no added natural or
(4) nonfat or 1% dairy milk containing no more than
130 calories per container or serving as offered for sale;
(5) nondairy milk alternatives:
(A) with no added natural or artificial
(B) containing no more than 130 calories per
container or serving as offered for sale; and
(C) meeting the standards for the National School
Lunch Program as set forth in 7 CFR 210.10; or
(6) 100% fruit or vegetable juice or juice combined
with water or carbonated water, with no added sweeteners, in a serving size of no more than 8 ounces.
(c) A restaurant may include a beverage with a children's meal that is not listed under subsection (b) upon request.
(d) A beverage listed or displayed on a restaurant menu or in-store advertisement for a children's meal shall be one of the default
beverages listed in subsection (b).
(e) During any inspection of a restaurant by a health officer or health inspector of a local health department, the health officer or health inspector shall inspect the restaurant to determine whether it complies with this Section.
(f) A restaurant that violates this Section is subject to:
(1) a warning for a first offense;
(2) a civil penalty of
$25 for a second offense; and
(3) a civil penalty of $100 for a third or subsequent
An executive officer of a certified local public
health department, or his or her designee, may charge and collect the civil penalties under this subsection.
(g) The Department of Public Health may adopt any rules it deems necessary for the implementation, administration, and
enforcement of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 102-529, eff. 1-1-22; 102-681, eff. 12-10-21.)