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221 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2017
Chicago, IL 60601

118 S. Main Street, Suite 1
Wauconda, IL 60042






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Liquor Law:

Illinois liquor law is governed by the Illinois Liquor Control Act (235 ILCS 5/), which was adopted in 1934 and amended periodically since its codification. Illinois Liquor Law places a great burden of responsibility on individual proprietors engaged in selling alcohol and for obvious reasons. Typically, businesses interested in obtaining a liquor license must file an application with the local license commissioner in the municipality where they’re located, in order to obtain a liquor license. A local ordinance will designate a total number of liquor licenses granted and when one becomes available the proprietor can file an application to obtain one. When applying for a liquor license, one must generally have a clean background and be in good standing within the community. This process may vary slightly from town to town and is usually guide lined in the local ordinance. This process can be tricky and it is always a good idea to first talk to an attorney, if you’re looking to obtain a liquor license.

Liquor License Suspension or Revocation:

When a violation of a liquor law occurs, i.e. sale of alcohol to a minor, staying open after hours, or anything else closely related to the Illinois Liquor Control Act, a hearing is held before the local liquor license commissioner to determine whether the imposition of sanctions is appropriate. During a hearing you have a right to have your lawyer present. It is always a good idea to have your attorney there to cross-examine witnesses and make arguments on your behalf.

Liquor Law and the Appeal Process:

In the event your liquor license was suspended or revoked because of sale of alcohol to a minor, staying open after hours or for any other reason, you have the right to appeal. The appeal process is arduous and its recommended you discuss it with a lawyer. Generally the first step of the appeal is to file a notice of appeal before the Illinois Liquor License Commission. Your lawyer will have to prepare a memorandum in support of your case and address the issues which were the basis of your liquor license suspension or revocation. In certain cases under the Illinois liquor law, the Commission will grant a new hearing and your lawyer will be able to preset new evidence.

Our Law Firm Experience With Illinois Liquor Law

We have successfully represented clients in Illinois in following fields:

  • Selling liquor without a license
  • Selling liquor after hours
  • Gambling Devices
  • Illinois Liquor License Commission Appeals
  • Dram Shop


We handle Liquor Law on regular basis. Each case is different and may have special circumstances. If you would like to receive more information regarding your case, give us a call to set up a free consultation and an evaluation of your case.
Law Offices of Mitch Furman
221 N. La Salle Street
Suite 2017
Chicago, IL 60601
312-236-7078 Phone

The law offices of Mitch Furman Firm, serve clients in Chicago and the surrounding parts of Illinois, including Rolling Meadows, Skokie, Maywood, Maybrook, Bridgeview, Markham, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Cicero, Berwyn, Elk Grove Village, Oak Lawn, Evanston, Wilmette, Palatine, Barrington, Bartlett, Lake Forest, Kenilworth, Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Wheeling, Homewood and all cities within Cook County, Lake County DuPage, McHenry and Will County, as well as arrests by the Illinois State Police on the Interstate Highways.