Statutes

llinois was the 10th state to ratify the Twenty-First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  The Twenty-First Amendment both repealed Prohibition (the 18th Amendment) and returned to the individual states the determination of how alcohol is regulated within their borders.

Illinois continues to have the authority to permit and control or prohibit the manufacture, distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages.  The state of Illinois’ alcoholic beverage law is the Liquor Control Act (LCA).

Liquor Control Act

The Liquor Control Act controls and regulates alcoholic liquors.  Its provisions cover what is and what is not a permissible practice within the alcoholic beverage industry.  The Act went into effect in 1934, the year following the enactment of the Twenty-First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 

Download the most current Liquor Control Act http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs5.asp?ActID=1404&ChapterID=26

 

Beer Industry Fair Dealing Act

The Beer Industry Fair Dealing Act (BIFDA) regulates the contractual relationship between brewers and beer distributors.  The Act provides distributors the right to manage its business enterprise and recognizes that beer distributors contribute to the value of a beer brand and develop an equity interest in that value.  The BIFDA only applies to distributors of beer and malt beverage products and their suppliers (brewers).

Download the most current Beer Industry Fair Dealing Act http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2384&ChapterID=67