Illinois Changes Penalties for Importation of Liquor

March 27, 2017

To ALL licensees under the Liquor Control Act, Effective with the implementation of PA 99-904, changes have been made regarding criminal charges, based on the amount of liquor, for any persons who transport and distribute liquor into Illinois without first obtaining the required licenses from the Illinois liquor Control Commission (ILCC). 235 ILCS 5/10-1, et seq.

Overview of the law on liquor importation

Beginning January 1, 2017, any person who transports liquor into this state is guilty of a Class 4 felony if he/she does not have one of the appropriate liquor license (&) issued by the ILCC:

  • Manufacturers Liquor License
  • Distributor’s Liquor License
  • Winery Shipper’s License
  • Importing Distributor’s Liquor License or
  • Non-resident Dealer’s Liquor License

For more information

To review these and other changes to the liquor Control Act of 1934 (235 ILCS 5/1.1 et seq.) under PA 99-904, visit our website at

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