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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

The DuPage County Liquor Commissioner

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. View a copy of the current liquor ordinance.

Goals of the DuPage Liquor Commissioner

  1. Enforce the Illinois Liquor Control Law and the liquor laws outlined in DuPage County Code chapter 3;
  2. Control the conditions associated with the sale and service of alcoholic beverages through a fair and efficient licensing process;
  3. Promote responsible liquor control and achieve voluntary compliance with liquor laws by licensees.

Duties of the DuPage Liquor Commissioner

The Liquor Commissioner has three core duties.  

  1. The Liquor Commissioner validates all DuPage County liquor licenses with his signature.
  2. The Commissioner is authorized to make reasonable rules and take action in the performance of his duties as Liquor Commissioner. 
  3. The Commissioners responsible to call and preside over all meetings and hearings regarding the Liquor Ordinance of DuPage. View the meeting minutes.

Applying for Liquor Licenses

Information on obtaining a DuPage County annual liquor license, such as associated fees, application, and information on the process, can be found on the DuPage County Clerk's web page under " Obtaining Licenses" or at (630) 407-5500.

For temporary liquor licenses, a downloadable version is now available. View a Temporary Liquor License Application Form, and here for the View the Temporary Liquor License Instructions.

Learn more about alcohol-related issues affecting DuPage County.

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.

Rule of the Liquor Commissioner (5-5-2021)

On May 5, 2021, DuPage Liquor Commissioner Daniel J. Cronin issued a temporary Rule reducing the annual fees for Class A (package stores), Class B (restaurants & taverns), and Class C (hotels & recreational facilities) liquor licenses. The annual renewal fees for the July 1, 2021 to June 30,2022 license year will be reduced by 50%. If a license holder has already submitted and paid their renewal application fee, a 50% credit will be applied to their account. For a copy of the full letter sent to license holders please click here.

Phase Four Safety Guidelines for Restaurants and Bars

On June 22, 2020 the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) issued guidance to Restaurants and Bars to prevent exposure to and the spread of COVID-19.  These guidelines were updated on February 9, 2021 and can be viewed here

Public Act 102-0008 (COVID-19 Pandemic Hospitality Recovery Act)

On June 2, 2021, Governor Pritzker signed into law an amendment to the Liquor Control Act of 1934 which allows retailers to sell alcoholic liquors for delivery and pickup, so long as certain criteria are met. Steps include ensuring the individual receiving the alcohol is of legal drinking age, the container with the alcoholic beverage must be sealed and labeled with what is contained in the beverage, and the label must state where the beverage was purchased from. This portion of the Act is repealed on January 3, 2024. This is not a complete list of requirements and please refer to the Illinois Liquor Control Commission and Public Act 101-0008 for full requirements.  Guidance by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission can be found here.  Public Act 101-0008 can be found here.  For more information, please contact the Illinois Liquor Control Commission at (217) 782-2136.

In addition, this Act temporarily allows (from June 10 through July 10, 2021) liquor license holders to provide a single drink of alcoholic liquor at no cost to a customer as part of a publicly advertised promotion to encourage participation in any COVID-19 vaccination program. Proof of vaccination must be shown to receive the beverage. The single free drink may only be provided from 6 P.M. to 10 P.M. Establishments wishing to participate must set up guidelines to ensure customers only receive one free drink. To view the full requirements of this program please view Public Act 102-0008 here or visit the The Illinois Liquor Control Commission website.

Video Gaming

On July 13, 2009 Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the Video Gaming Act (230 ILCS 40) making licensed video gaming terminals legal in Illinois.  This essentially allows video gaming play by adults age 21 and older at specific licensed establishments such as bars, restaurants, taverns, truck stops, and other places.  The Illinois Gaming Board has jurisdiction over all gaming operations governed by the Video Gaming Act, however the Act allowed Counties and Municipalities to prohibit video gaming in their respective jurisdictions.  In 2009, DuPage County did enact a prohibition on video gaming in unincorporated areas of the county.  On November 12, 2019, the DuPage County Board voted to lift the video gaming prohibition on license holders in the unincorporated areas of the County.  View the Resolution lifting the ban.  
 
A Video Gaming Terminal (VGT) is an electronic video gaming machine that plays a video game authorized by the Illinois Gaming Board, such as video poker and blackjack.  An establishment may operate up to 6 VGT’s on its premises. The VGT must utilize a video display and microprocessors in which the player can play the authorized game.  If the consumer wins at the VGT, the machine cannot directly dispense coins, cash, or tokens but rather dispenses tickets, and the proprietor of the establishment will pay out the cash award.  The VGT’s are tested and approved pursuant to rules adopted by the Illinois Gaming Board.            
 
The Illinois Gaming Board has jurisdiction over all gaming operations governed by the Video Gaming Act.  Information on obtaining a State of Illinois/Illinois Gaming Board license for video gaming can be found here:  https://www.igb.illinois.gov/ or by calling 312-814-4700.  The Illinois Gaming Board also has posted a FAQ on their webpage which can be found here:  https://www.igb.illinois.gov/VideoFAQ.aspx .