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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.

Phase Four Safety Guidelines for Restaurants and Bars

 On June 22, 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 ahead of the planned move to Phase Four on June 26th.  Most notably, restaurant and bar establishments will be allowed to resume some indoor dining operations provided certain conditions are met on June 26th.  View the Guidance here

Rule of the Liquor Commissioner (3-31-2020)

On March 31, 2020, DuPage Liquor Commissioner Daniel J. Cronin issued a temporary Rule allowing entities that posses a Class B License, who also hold a valid Food Service permit from the DuPage County Health Department, to sell alcoholic liquor off-premises for delivery or curb-side pick-up, so long as the order is accompanied with a minimum food order of $10. The temporary Rule remains in effect until May 12, 2020. View the Rule.

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 .

Public Act 101-631

 

On June 2, 2020, Governor Pritzker signed into law an amendment to the Liquor Control Act of 1934 which creates a one year pilot program that allows bars and restaurants who have a 1A Liquor License to sell mixed drinks for delivery and pickup, so long as criteria is met.  Guidance by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission can be found here.  Public Act 101-631 can be found here.  For more information, please contact the Illinois Liquor Control Commission at (217) 782-2136.