What We Do

Ensures that licensees comply with the provisions of the Illinois Liquor Control Act of 1934 and its Rules and Regulations.
Issues approximately 28,000 state liquor licenses each year at various classifications for the three tiers of the liquor industry. Strict qualifying criteria must be followed to obtain a liquor license as defined in the Illinois Liquor Control Act, which includes ownership information, local licensing, tax status and sales tax history. Revenues collected from liquor license fees fund all Commission operations.
Conducts approximately 26,000 routine inspections of licensed premises via its team of 24 agents who are headquartered throughout the state. Upon finding violations of the Illinois Liquor Control Act, electronic reports are transmitted to the central office for adjudication.
Violations are reviewed and evaluated to determine the severity of the offense and method by which cases are to be adjudicated—from penalty fines to citing for formal hearings.
ILCC’s Chairman and six Commissioners hold 18 formal hearings each year. They rule on the most serious of cases — including those affecting the health and safety of community — and hear appeals brought to the Commission by licensees who wish to challenge the local liquor commissioner’s decision.
The Liquor Commission works jointly with the Illinois Department of Revenue to collect delinquent sales tax payments from liquor licensees.
Mail and Web Orders
Monitors and regulates mail order and internet sales of alcohol beverage products within Illinois and collaborates with regulatory bodies from other states to prevent illegal shipments of alcohol to minors.
Provides an industry education program, which focuses primarily on the ILCC’s enforcement practices; interpretation of Illinois liquor control laws and minimumage tobacco laws; and public awareness efforts regarding the consequences of underage drinking.
Responsible Sales
Encourages responsible selling and serving of alcohol by licensing and promoting the Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training (BASSET) program. Additionally, to keep communities safe, various materials have been created — including public service announcements, posters, and fliers — to reduce incidents of driving under the influence of alcohol and decrease illegal sales of alcohol beverages to minors.
Underage Sales
ILCC special agents supervise underage purchasers during random ID checks. These checks, which are performed throughout the State of Illinois, test retail sales personnel on their duty to perform proper ID checks in the sale of alcohol. Agents also conduct periodic compliance sweeps in conjunction with other state and local enforcement agencies to check for violations above and beyond Illinois liquor laws. Lastly, the Commission conducts random tobacco compliance checks to measure retailer compliance to minimum-age tobacco laws. Grants are also provided to local jurisdictions, who perform their own checks.