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235 ILCS 5/6-29.1
(235 ILCS 5/6-29.1)
Direct shipments of alcoholic liquor.
(a) The General Assembly makes the following findings:
(1) The General Assembly of Illinois, having reviewed
this Act in light of the United States Supreme Court's 2005 decision in Granholm v. Heald, has determined to conform that law to the constitutional principles enunciated by the Court in a manner that best preserves the temperance, revenue, and orderly distribution values of this Act.
(2) Minimizing automobile accidents and fatalities,
domestic violence, health problems, loss of productivity, unemployment, and other social problems associated with dependency and improvident use of alcoholic beverages remains the policy of Illinois.
(3) To the maximum extent constitutionally feasible,
Illinois desires to collect sufficient revenue from excise and use taxes on alcoholic beverages for the purpose of responding to such social problems.
(4) Combined with family education and individual
discipline, retail validation of age, and assessment of the capacity of the consumer remains the best pre-sale social protection against the problems associated with the abuse of alcoholic liquor.
(5) Therefore, the paramount purpose of this
amendatory Act is to continue to carefully limit direct shipment sales of wine produced by makers of wine and to continue to prohibit such direct shipment sales for spirits and beer.
For these reasons, the Commission shall establish
a system to notify the out-of-state trade of this prohibition
and to detect violations. The Commission shall request
the Attorney General to extradite any offender.
(b) Pursuant to the
Twenty-First Amendment of the United States Constitution allowing states to
regulate the distribution and sale of alcoholic liquor and pursuant to the
federal Webb-Kenyon Act declaring that alcoholic liquor shipped in interstate
commerce must comply with state laws, the General Assembly hereby finds and
declares that selling alcoholic liquor from a point outside this State
through various direct marketing means, such as catalogs,
newspapers, mailers, and the Internet,
directly to residents of this State poses a serious threat
to the State's efforts to prevent youths from accessing alcoholic liquor;
to State revenue collections; and to the economy of this State.
Any person manufacturing, distributing, or selling
alcoholic liquor who knowingly ships or transports or causes the shipping or
transportation of any alcoholic liquor from a point outside this State to a
person in this State who does not hold a manufacturer's, distributor's,
importing distributor's, or non-resident dealer's license issued by the Liquor
Control Commission, other than a shipment of sacramental wine to a bona fide
religious organization, a shipment authorized by Section 6-29, subparagraph (17) of Section 3-12, or any other
shipment authorized by this Act, is in violation of this Act.
The Commission, upon determining, after investigation, that a person
has violated this Section, shall give notice to the person by certified mail to
cease and desist all shipments of
alcoholic liquor into this State and to withdraw from this State within 5
working days after receipt of the notice all shipments of alcoholic liquor then
in transit. A person who violates the cease and desist notice is subject to the applicable penalties in subsection (a) of Section 10-1 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 99-904, eff. 1-1-17