Contact Information

Maria Acosta
815-774-7485 | macosta@willcountyillinois.com 

Liquor Commission Terminology

  • Alcoholic Beverage
  • Alcoholic Liquor
  • Beer
  • Club
  • Commissioner
  • Entertainment
  • Hotel
  • Licensee
  • Lingerie Shows
  • Original Package
  • Premises
  • Restaurant
  • Retail Sale
  • Sale or To Sell

Includes the four varieties of liquor defined as alcohol, spirits, wine, and beer, and every liquid or solid, patented or not, containing alcohol, spirits, wine, or beer, and capable of being consumed as a beverage by a human being. The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to alcohol used in the manufacture of denatured alcohol, nor to any liquid or solid containing .5% or less of alcohol by volume. Nor shall the provisions of this chapter apply to flavoring extracts, concentrates, syrups, or medicinal, mechanical, scientific, culinary, or toilet preparations, or food products unfit for beverage purposes, but the provisions of this chapter shall not be construed to exclude alcoholic liquors used in the manufacture, preparation, or compounding of the products. None of the provisions of this chapter shall apply to wine intended for use and used by any church or religious organization for sacramental purposes.

See Alcoholic Beverage

A beverage obtained by alcoholic fermentation of an infusion or concoction of barley or other grain, malt, and hops in water, and includes, among other things, beer, ale, stout, lager beer, porter, and the like.

A corporation organized under the laws of this state, not for pecuniary profit, solely for the promotion of some common objective other than the sale or consumption of alcoholic liquors, and having the following characteristics:

  1. Kept, used, and maintained by its members through the payment of annual dues;
  2. Owning, hiring, or leasing a building or space in a building of an extent and character suitable and adequate for the reasonable and comfortable use and accommodation of its members and their guests;
  3. Provided with suitable and adequate kitchen and dining room space and equipment and maintaining a sufficient number of servants and employees for cooking, preparing, and serving food and meals for its members and their guests.
  4. The club files with the Liquor Control Commissioner at the time of its application for a license under this chapter, two (2) copies of a list of names and residences of its members, and similarly files, within ten (10) days of the election of any additional member, his name, and address;
  5. Its affairs and management are conducted by a board of directors, executive committee, or similar body chosen by the members at their annual meeting; and
  6. No member or any officer, agent, or employee of the club is paid, or directly or indirectly receives, in the form of salary or other compensation, any profits from the distribution or sale of alcoholic liquor to the club or to the members of the club or to its guests introduced by members beyond the amount of salary fixed and voted upon at any annual meeting by the members or by its board of directors of other governing body out of the general revenue of the club.

The County Executive shall be the Local Liquor Control Commissioner, and shall act in and for Will County which is not within the limits of any city, incorporated town, or village.

The offering or permitting of any amusement, including live musical performances, vaudeville, acting, dancing, or contests. Entertainment shall not be construed to include radio, television, electronic reproduction of music, or coin-operated game machines.

Any public area held out to the public as a place where sleeping accommodations are offered for consideration, whether on a transient or permanent basis.

The person or persons named in the retail liquor license and shall include all officers, partners, agents, or employees.

A public display, show or event at which person or persons wear men's or women's undergarments, swimsuits, or sleepwear, including but not limited to bras, panties, underwear, slips, negligees, teddies, thong undergarments or g-strings whether for sale, raffle, display or gift., Any lingerie show at a licensed liquor facility shall comply with the provisions of Chapter 119 of this Code.

Any bottle, flask, jug, can, cask, barrel, keg, hogshead, or other receptacle or container of whatsoever kind used, corked, or capped, sealed and labeled by the manufacturer of alcoholic liquor to contain and to convey any alcoholic liquor.

That area under the control of the licensee and used in the conducting of business for which the license to serve alcoholic beverages is being issued. The areas include but not restricted to are: that area described in the application where alcohol is served, parking lots, beer gardens, and those areas internally connected thereto by a doorway which areas are integrally related to the operation of the licensed establishment.

Any public place kept, used, maintained, advertised, and held out to the public as a place where meals are served, and where meals are actually and regularly served, without sleeping accommodations, such space being provided with adequate and sanitary kitchen and dining room equipment and capacity and having employed therein a sufficient number and kind of employees to prepare, cook, and serve suitable food for its guests.

The sale for use or consumption and not for resale in any form.

Any transfer or exchange in any manner or by any means whatsoever for direct or indirect consideration, and including all sales made by any person, whether as principal, proprietor, agent, servant, or employee, and includes, but is not limited to, all of the following acts:

  1. The selling of alcoholic liquor.
  2. The giving away of alcoholic liquor.
  3. The dispensing of alcoholic liquor.

Nothing in this ordinance, however, shall prevent the possession and transportation of alcoholic liquor by the possessor for the personal use of the possessor, his family and guests, so long as otherwise in compliance with 235 ILCS 5/2-1 as amended from time to time.

Nothing in this ordinance, however, shall prevent the possession and transportation of alcoholic liquor by the possessor for the personal use of the possessor, his family and guests, so long as otherwise in compliance with 235 ILCS 5/2-1 as amended from time to time.

(Res. 86-90, adopted 6-19-86; Am. Res. 90-104, adopted 5-17-90; Am. Res. 94-50, adopted 5-19-94; Am. Res. 00-133, passed 3-16-00)

Statutory reference:

Alcohol liquor defined, see ILCS Ch. 235, Act 5,§ 1-3.05
Liquor Control Commission, see ILCS Ch. 235, Act 5, § 4-2 - 4-4
defined, see ILCS Ch. 235, Act 5,§ 1-3.23
defined, see ILCS Ch. 235, Act 5, § 1-3.22