The Social Hosting Law in Illinois

May 27, 2015 0

The Illinois social host law comes in two sections. One section prohibits parents and guardians from hosting or permitting gatherings at their home, in vehicles or watercraft and at other property under their control in which underage persons are allowed to consume alcohol. The second section prohibits any other person from hosting or permitting a gathering at their home in which underage persons are allowed to consume alcohol. This law does not require that the […]

My Suburban Life Editorial on New Social Hosting Law

January 20, 2015 0

LAKE COUNTY – A new Illinois state law imposes penalties for parents or guardians who provide alcohol to minors on private property including vehicles, boats, and motor homes, and private planes.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office intends to enforce the new laws on the county’s many lakes come boating season, according to Sgt. James McKinney of Lake County Sheriff’s Office’s Marine Unit. As of Jan. 1, there is a $2,500 fine and up to a […]

“Top 10” safety list for parents during prom & graduation season…

April 23, 2013 0

Which one of these should not belong? Remember, as a parent you do influence your teens. By setting rules and the consequences for breaking those rules, you are acting responsibly as a parent, and not as their friend, to help ensure your teen stays safe. A week or so before the event, talk with your teen about his or her plan for the prom/party. Make sure you know who is involved, where they are going […]

Underage Youth Drinking Concentrated Among Small Number of Brands

March 28, 2013 0

A relatively small number of alcohol brands dominate underage youth alcohol consumption, according to a new report from researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health and the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The report, published online by Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, is the first U.S. national study to identify the alcohol brands consumed by underage youth, and has important implications for […]

The Nitty Gritty of the New State Law on Social Hosting

February 8, 2013 0

If you permit, allow or host a party at your residence and there are people there who are under 21, and they possess or consume alcoholic beverages, and you know or should have known that they possess or consume alcoholic beverages, you are guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. If someone at that gathering injures or kills someone else, you are guilty of a Class 4 felony. This law does not apply if the underage […]

Illinois Social Host Law

January 17, 2013 0

The basic provisions of the law are: Persons over 18 who willfully supply alcohol beverages or illegal drugs to a person less than 18 years of age and cause impairment of such person are liable for death or injuries to persons or property caused by that impairment. Recovery may be had by persons, and their surviving spouses and next of kin, who are injured, in person or property, by the impaired person (which is similar […]

New “Social Host Law” takes effect on New Year’s Day

January 1, 2013 0

Representative Carol Sente As the clock strikes midnight this coming New Year, the important role adults play in keeping alcohol out of the hands of our children will be further defined, when new sanctions take effect on those allowing underage drinking in their home. Sponsored by State Representative Carol Sente and State Senator Susan Garrett, the new legislation closes a loophole of legal accountability on those who knowingly allow alcohol consumption by minors. “By protecting […]

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