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

235 ILCS 5/9-10.1

    (235 ILCS 5/9-10.1) (from Ch. 43, par. 174.1)
    Sec. 9-10.1. In the event a home rule municipality, as set forth in Article VII of the Illinois Constitution, changes the status of the municipality by ordinance so as to allow the sale at retail of alcoholic liquor in a municipality which has previously prohibited such sale pursuant to local referendum, such sale may be continued in that municipality even though it subsequently ceases to be a home rule municipality. The prohibition against the sale at retail of alcoholic beverages in such a municipality may thereafter be reinstated pursuant to Section 9-2 or by subsequent ordinance of the municipality.
(Source: P.A. 83-736.)

235 ILCS 5/9-11

    (235 ILCS 5/9-11) (from Ch. 43, par. 175)
    Sec. 9-11. A vote under the provisions of this Act in and for any political subdivision or precinct or licensed establishment upon the proposition to prohibit the sale at retail of alcoholic liquor or to prohibit the sale at retail of alcoholic liquor other than beer containing not more than 4% of alcohol by weight or to prohibit the sale at retail of alcoholic liquor containing more than 4% of alcohol by weight except in the original package and not for consumption on the premises or in and for any political subdivision or precinct upon the proposition to continue any of such prohibitions shall be a bar to the submission to the voters thereof of any of such propositions as applied to all or any part of that political subdivision or precinct for 47 months thereafter.
(Source: P.A. 86-861.)

235 ILCS 5/9-12

    (235 ILCS 5/9-12) (from Ch. 43, par. 175.1)
    Sec. 9-12. Within 10 days after the filing of any petition under this Article, the official with whom the petition is filed shall prepare, in quintuplicate, the report hereinafter prescribed. One copy shall be kept on file in the official's office, and he shall, by registered mail, send two copies to the Secretary of State, one copy to the county clerk and one copy to the person who filed the petition.
    The official shall make such report substantially in the following form:
 
    Report of filing of petition for local option election to be held on .... in .... (name of precinct, etc.).
Date of filing ....
By whom filed ....
Number of signers ....
Proposal(s) to be voted upon ....
.... (Official)

    Immediately upon completion of the canvass of any local option election, the official shall prepare, in quadruplicate, a report of the election result as hereinafter prescribed and shall keep one copy on file in his office and, within 10 days after the canvass, shall, by registered mail, send two copies to the Secretary of State and one copy to the county clerk. The report shall be substantially as follows:
 
    Report of local option election held on .... in .... (name of precinct, etc.) upon the following proposal(s) ....
Number voting "YES" ....
Number voting "NO" ....
.... (Official)

    The official shall sign each copy of every report required by this Section.
    The Secretary of State and the county clerk shall keep on file in their offices, available for inspection, any report received by him pursuant to this Section.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

235 ILCS 5/9-13

    (235 ILCS 5/9-13) (from Ch. 43, par. 176)
    Sec. 9-13. It is unlawful to sell alcoholic liquor at retail or to grant or issue, or cause to be granted or issued, any license to sell alcoholic liquor at retail within the limits of any political subdivision or precinct or at any premises while the prohibition against such sales is in effect, or to sell at retail alcoholic liquor other than beer containing not more than 4% of alcohol by weight, or to grant or issue or cause to be granted any license to sell such alcoholic liquor at retail within the limits of such political subdivision or precinct while the prohibition against such sales is in effect, or to sell at retail alcoholic liquor containing more than 4% of alcohol by weight except in the original package and not for consumption on the premises, or to grant or issue or cause to be granted or issued any license to sell such alcoholic liquor at retail within the limits of such political subdivision or precinct while the prohibition against such sales is in effect. If any such license be granted or issued in violation of this section, the license shall be void. This section shall not prohibit the issuance of and operation under a manufacturer's or distributor's or importing distributor's license in accordance with law.
(Source: P.A. 86-861.)

235 ILCS 5/9-14

    (235 ILCS 5/9-14) (from Ch. 43, par. 177)
    Sec. 9-14. The giving away or delivery of any alcoholic liquor for the purpose of evading any provision of this Article, or the taking of orders or the making of agreements, at or within any political subdivision or precinct or at any premises while such sales are prohibited, for the sale or delivery of any alcoholic liquor, or other shift or device to evade any provision of this Act, shall constitute an unlawful selling.
(Source: P.A. 86-861.)

235 ILCS 5/9-15

    (235 ILCS 5/9-15) (from Ch. 43, par. 178)
    Sec. 9-15. All places where alcoholic liquor is sold in violation of any provision of this Article shall be taken and held and are declared to be common nuisances and may be abated as such.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

235 ILCS 5/9-16

    (235 ILCS 5/9-16) (from Ch. 43, par. 179)
    Sec. 9-16. Any clerk, judge of election, police officer or other officer of the law, who shall refuse or neglect or fail to discharge any duty imposed by this Article, and any one who signs a petition provided for in this Article, knowing he is not qualified to do so, or who files with the clerk any such petition or any sheet or other part thereof knowing that it contains the signature of a person not qualified to sign the same, or who receives, requests or demands or gives, offers or promises any reward for the signing or the refraining from signing of any such petition, or who by treating or giving alcoholic liquor or anything else, or by threats to injure another in person or property, or by betting or other device, either directly or indirectly influences or attempts to influence anyone to sign or refrain from signing any such petition, shall be guilty of a violation of this Article and punishable therefor.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

235 ILCS 5/9-17

    (235 ILCS 5/9-17) (from Ch. 43, par. 180)
    Sec. 9-17. In all prosecutions under this Article, it shall not be necessary to state the kind of liquor sold; nor to describe the place where sold; nor to show the knowledge of the principal to convict for the acts of any agent or servant; nor to state the name of any person to whom liquor is sold; nor to set forth the facts showing that the required number of legal voters petitioned for the submission to the voters of said proposition, nor that a majority of the voters voting upon such proposition voted "YES", but it shall be sufficient to state that the act complained of took place in a territory where such sales were prohibited.
(Source: P.A. 84-551.)

235 ILCS 5/9-18

    (235 ILCS 5/9-18) (from Ch. 43, par. 181)
    Sec. 9-18. Nothing in this Article shall be construed to forbid or prevent the sale of alcoholic liquor according to the terms of a license theretofore regularly issued in good faith according to law until after the final disposition of the case wherein an election result, indicating that the sale of alcoholic liquor is prohibited, is contested. Any portion of a license fee which shall have been paid and which represents the unexpired period for which the license was issued after the sale at retail of alcoholic liquor has been prohibited in a political subdivision or precinct in which the premises described in such license is located shall be refunded. Nothing in this Article shall be construed to forbid or prevent the sale of alcoholic liquor by a railroad licensee on trains passing through prohibited territory.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

235 ILCS 5/9-19

    (235 ILCS 5/9-19) (from Ch. 43, par. 182)
    Sec. 9-19. Any 5 legal voters of any political subdivision or precinct in which an election has been held as provided for in this Act, may within 10 days after the canvass of the returns of such election and upon filing a bond for costs, contest the validity of such election by filing a verified petition in the Circuit Court for the county in which such political subdivision or precinct is situated, setting forth the grounds for the contest. Upon the filing of such petition a summons shall forthwith issue from such court addressed to the election official who conducted the election, notifying the official of the filing of such petition and directing him to appear before the court at the time named in the summons; provided, the time shall be not less than 5 nor more than 15 days after the filing of such petition. The procedure in such cases, as far as applicable, shall be the same as that provided in the general election law. Any registered voter in the political subdivision or precinct in which the election has been held may appear in person, or by counsel, in any such contest to defend or oppose the validity of the election.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

235 ILCS 5/Art. X

 
    (235 ILCS 5/Art. X heading)
ARTICLE X. VIOLATIONS, PENALTIES, SEARCHES AND SEIZURES

235 ILCS 5/10-1

    (235 ILCS 5/10-1) (from Ch. 43, par. 183)
    Sec. 10-1. Violations; penalties. Whereas a substantial threat to the sound and careful control, regulation, and taxation of the manufacture, sale, and distribution of alcoholic liquors exists by virtue of individuals who manufacture, import, distribute, or sell alcoholic liquors within the State without having first obtained a valid license to do so, and whereas such threat is especially serious along the borders of this State, and whereas such threat requires immediate correction by this Act, by active investigation and prosecution by the State Commission, law enforcement officials, and prosecutors, and by prompt and strict enforcement through the courts of this State to punish violators and to deter such conduct in the future:
    (a) Any person who manufactures, imports for distribution or use, transports from outside this State into this State, or distributes or sells 108 liters (28.53 gallons) or more of wine, 45 liters (11.88 gallons) or more of distilled spirits, or 118 liters (31.17 gallons) or more of beer at any place within the State without having first obtained a valid license to do so under the provisions of this Act shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony for each offense. However, any person who was duly licensed under this Act and whose license expired within 30 days prior to a violation shall be guilty of a business offense and fined not more than $1,000 for the first such offense and shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony for each subsequent offense.
    Any person who manufactures, imports for distribution, transports from outside this State into this State for sale or resale in this State, or distributes or sells less than 108 liters (28.53 gallons) of wine, less than 45 liters (11.88 gallons) of distilled spirits, or less than 118 liters (31.17 gallons) of beer at any place within the State without having first obtained a valid license to do so under the provisions of this Act shall be guilty of a business offense and fined not more than $1,000 for the first such offense and shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony for each subsequent offense. This subsection does not apply to a motor carrier or freight forwarder, as defined in Section 13102 of Title 49 of the United States Code, an air carrier, as defined in Section 40102 of Title 49 of the United States Code, or a rail carrier, as defined in Section 10102 of Title 49 of the United States Code.
    Any person who: (1) has been issued an initial cease and desist notice from the State Commission; and (2) for compensation, does any of the following: (i) ships alcoholic liquor into this State without a license authorized by Section 5-1 issued by the State Commission or in violation of that license; or (ii) manufactures, imports for distribution, transports from outside this State into this State for sale or resale in this State, or distributes or sells alcoholic liquors at any place without having first obtained a valid license to do so is guilty of a Class 4 felony for each offense.
    (b) (1) Any retailer, caterer retailer, brew pub, special event retailer, special use permit holder, homebrewer special event permit holder, or craft distiller tasting permit holder who knowingly causes alcoholic liquors to be imported directly into the State of Illinois from outside of the State for the purpose of furnishing, giving, or selling to another, except when having received the product from a duly licensed distributor or importing distributor, shall have his license suspended for 30 days for the first offense and for the second offense, shall have his license revoked by the Commission.
    (2) In the event the State Commission receives a certified copy of a final order from a foreign jurisdiction that an Illinois retail licensee has been found to have violated that foreign jurisdiction's laws, rules, or regulations concerning the importation of alcoholic liquor into that foreign jurisdiction, the violation may be grounds for the State Commission to revoke, suspend, or refuse to issue or renew a license, to impose a fine, or to take any additional action provided by this Act with respect to the Illinois retail license or licensee. Any such action on the part of the State Commission shall be in accordance with this Act and implementing rules.
    For the purposes of paragraph (2): (i) "foreign jurisdiction" means a state, territory, or possession of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and (ii) "final order" means an order or judgment of a court or administrative body that determines the rights of the parties respecting the subject matter of the proceeding, that remains in full force and effect, and from which no appeal can be taken.
    (c) Any person who shall make any false statement or otherwise violates any of the provisions of this Act in obtaining any license hereunder, or who having obtained a license hereunder shall violate any of the provisions of this Act with respect to the manufacture, possession, distribution or sale of alcoholic liquor, or with respect to the maintenance of the licensed premises, or shall violate any other provision of this Act, shall for a first offense be guilty of a petty offense and fined not more than $500, and for a second or subsequent offense shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
    (c-5) Any owner of an establishment that serves alcohol on its premises, if more than 50% of the establishment's gross receipts within the prior 3 months is from the sale of alcohol, who knowingly fails to prohibit concealed firearms on its premises or who knowingly makes a false statement or record to avoid the prohibition of concealed firearms on its premises under the Firearm Concealed Carry Act shall be guilty of a business offense with a fine up to $5,000.
    (d) Each day any person engages in business as a manufacturer, foreign importer, importing distributor, distributor or retailer in violation of the provisions of this Act shall constitute a separate offense.
    (e) Any person, under the age of 21 years who, for the purpose of buying, accepting or receiving alcoholic liquor from a licensee, represents that he is 21 years of age or over shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
    (f) In addition to the penalties herein provided, any person licensed as a wine-maker in either class who manufactures more wine than authorized by his license shall be guilty of a business offense and shall be fined $1 for each gallon so manufactured.
    (g) A person shall be exempt from prosecution for a violation of this Act if he is a peace officer in the enforcement of the criminal laws and such activity is approved in writing by one of the following:
        (1) In all counties, the respective State's Attorney;
        (2) The Director of State Police under Section
    
2605-10, 2605-15, 2605-75, 2605-100, 2605-105, 2605-110, 2605-115, 2605-120, 2605-130, 2605-140, 2605-190, 2605-200, 2605-205, 2605-210, 2605-215, 2605-250, 2605-275, 2605-300, 2605-305, 2605-315, 2605-325, 2605-335, 2605-340, 2605-350, 2605-355, 2605-360, 2605-365, 2605-375, 2605-390, 2605-400, 2605-405, 2605-420, 2605-430, 2605-435, 2605-500, 2605-525, or 2605-550 of the Department of State Police Law (20 ILCS 2605/2605-10, 2605/2605-15, 2605/2605-75, 2605/2605-100, 2605/2605-105, 2605/2605-110, 2605/2605-115, 2605/2605-120, 2605/2605-130, 2605/2605-140, 2605/2605-190, 2605/2605-200, 2605/2605-205, 2605/2605-210, 2605/2605-215, 2605/2605-250, 2605/2605-275, 2605/2605-300, 2605/2605-305, 2605/2605-315, 2605/2605-325, 2605/2605-335, 2605/2605-340, 2605/2605-350, 2605/2605-355, 2605/2605-360, 2605/2605-365, 2605/2605-375, 2605/2605-390, 2605/2605-400, 2605/2605-405, 2605/2605-420, 2605/2605-430, 2605/2605-435, 2605/2605-500, 2605/2605-525, or 2605/2605-550); or
        (3) In cities over 1,000,000, the Superintendent of
    
Police.
(Source: P.A. 101-37, eff. 7-3-19.)