The DuPage County Liquor Commissioner
**The DuPage County Liquor Commissioner will host the next annual meeting at 9:00 AM on Wednesday March 19, 2014. Current DuPage County liquor license holders as well as the public are invited to attend and share their thoughts and opinions on the policies and procedures outlined in the liquor ordinance. DuPage County staff will also be on hand to answer questions and discuss the license renewal process. The meeting will take place in Room 3-500B in the Jack T. Knuepfer Administration Building.
As stated in the DuPage County code, the Chairman of the DuPage County Board serves as the Liquor Commissioner for the unincorporated areas throughout DuPage County. The Liquor Commissioner's duty is to protect the general public's health, safety, and welfare by regulating the liquor industry in the sale and service of alcoholic beverages in the unincorporated areas of DuPage County. The Commissioner is responsible for regulating the selling and serving of alcoholic beverages by providing in liquor license applications, site inspections, resource referrals, and enforcement of liquor laws and rules.
The Liquor Commissioner has three core duties. First, the Liquor Commissioner validates all DuPage County liquor licenses with his signature. Second, the Commissioner is authorized to make reasonable rules and take action in the performance of his duties as Liquor Commissioner. Third, the Commissioners responsible to call and preside over all meetings and hearings regarding the Liquor Ordinance of DuPage.
Goals of the DuPage Liquor Commissioner:
- Enforce the Illinois Liquor Control Law and the liquor laws outlined in DuPage County Code chapter 3;
- Control the conditions associated with the sale and service of alcoholic beverages through a fair and efficient licensing process;
- Promote responsible liquor control and achieve voluntary compliance with liquor laws by licensees.
Information on obtaining a DuPage County liquor license, such as associated fees, application, and information on the process, can be found on the DuPage County Clerk's webpage under "Obtaining Licenses."
DuPage County Liquor Commissioner Meetings
The Liquor Commissioner held a meeting on March 13, 2013. Current liquor license holders were invited to attend and share their thoughts and opinions on the policies and procedures outlined in the liquor ordinance. DuPage county staff also shared information about the license renewal process with the businesses in attendance. Minutes from the meeting can be downloaded below:
03 13 13 Liquor Commission minutes
The following websites are great resources for residents interested in learning more about alcohol-related issues affecting DuPage County:
Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) - AAIM is an Illinois non-profit organization whose mission is "to prevent deaths and injuries caused by intoxicated or distracted motorists and to assist impaired driving crash victims and their families throughout the state of Illinois."
Illinois Division of Traffic Safety (IDTS) - The IDTS is part of the Illinois Department of Transportation with a mission "to formulate, coordinate, and deliver information, services and programs which will mobilize public and private resources to establish effective public policy and integrated programs to improve highway safety in Illinois."
Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) - The mission of the ILCC is "to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of Illinois through careful control and regulation of the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcoholic liquors and through the development of strategies to reduce youth access to tobacco products."
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) - MADD is a national nonprofit with local offices whose mission is "to stop drunk driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking."
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) - Under the US Department of Transportation, the NHTSA's mission is to "save lives, prevent injuries and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes, through education, research, safety standards and enforcement activity."
National Safety Council (NSC) - The National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is "to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy."
For all questions regarding the DuPage County Liquor Commission, please contact the DuPage County Clerk's office or the DuPage County Board Chairman's office.
Amended Liquor Ordinance - UPDATE
On June 11, 2013, the DuPage County Board approved and accepted the amended Liquor Ordinance for DuPage County. This ordinance goes into effect July 1, 2013. A copy of the revised Liquor Ordinance can be found below.
2013 Revised Liquor Ordinance