The Illinois’ alcoholic beverage industry is one of the most regulated industries in the state. Since the repeal of Prohibition, the State has the authority to permit and control or prohibit the manufacture, distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages within its borders. No other regulator tells an industry when, where, how or to whom it will sell it’s product.

Like most states, Illinois uses the Three Tier Regulatory System to control the importation of alcoholic beverages within the State. The Three Tier Regulatory System (manufacturer, distributor and retailer) is the only effective method to assure an orderly market, eliminate exclusive agreements that do not permit other manufacturer’s products from being sold, track alcoholic beverages coming into the state of Illinois for taxation purposes, prevent those under the age of 21 from obtaining the alcoholic beverage, assure that alcoholic beverages are only sold to licensed retailers and assure consumers the product is safe and that they will receive the largest variety of the freshest beer available.

These Rules, Regulations and Trade Practice Policies are rules and guidelines on marketing practices that are established by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (the State regulator for alcoholic beverages).

LCC Rules and Regulations

The Liquor Control Commission, at times, develops interpretive rules on areas of the Liquor Control Act that require additional clarification in order to remove ambiguities. 

The Commission’s Rules are submitted by the Commission to the Joint Committee on Administration Rules (JCAR).  JCAR is a bipartisan legislative oversight committee created by the General Assembly in 1977.  The committee is comprised of 12 legislators who are appointed by the legislative leadership, and the membership is apportioned equally between the two houses and the two political parties.  Rules adopted by JCAR act as a supplement to the Liquor Control Act.


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LCC Trade Practice Policies

The Liquor Control Commission has issued policies and procedures on several practices that occur within the liquor industry.  Trade Practice Policies are not adopted by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules and act as interpretive opinions on industry practices.   However, these policies should be followed to avoid violating the Liquor Control Act.

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