Illinois Bar Journal

July 2013Volume 101Number 7Page 336

Illinois Law Update:

By students of the University of Illinois College of Law

Adult hosts of underage drinkers may face charges. PA 097-1049

(Effective 1/1/13)

The Liquor Control Act has been amended to charge social hosts of underage drinkers. 235 ILCS 5/6-16. The new law applies to a person who knowingly authorizes or allows underage drinking in his or her home. A violator will be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor and a fine of at least $500. However, if bodily harm or death to any person results from underage drinking, the violator is subject to a Class 4 felony.

A person who takes all reasonable steps to prevent underage drinking from occurring in his or her home, or who requests law enforcement upon discovering it, will not violate the new law.