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
- Enforce the Illinois Liquor Control Law and the liquor laws outlined in
DuPage County Code chapter 3;
- Control the conditions associated with the sale and service of alcoholic beverages through a fair and efficient licensing process;
- 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.
- The Liquor Commissioner validates all DuPage County liquor licenses with his signature.
- The Commissioner is authorized to make reasonable rules and take action in the performance of his duties as Liquor Commissioner.
- 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 102-0008 for full requirements. Guidance by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission can be found here. Public
Act 102-0008 can be found here. For more information, please contact the Illinois Liquor Control Commission at (217) 782-2136.
Public Act 101-0668 (Liquor Delivery Law)
Effective January 1, 2022 Public Act 101-0668 amends the Illinois Liquor Code to allow additional methods of delivery to the final consumer. The three new methods of delivery include:
1. delivery within the licensed retailer's parking lot, including curbside, for pickup by the consumer;
2. delivery by an owner, officer, director, shareholder, or employee of the licensed retailer; or
3. delivery by a third-party contractor, independent contractor, or agent with whom the licensed retailer has contracted to make deliveries of alcoholic liquors.
Liquor license holders looking to use any of these delivery methods should review the Illinois Liquor Control Commission's (ILCC) legislative guide found here. Prior to using any of the above delivery services, license holders need to contact the ILCC and ensure they comply with their requirements and regulations. The full text of Public Act 101-0668 can be found here.
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
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 .
Liquor Commission Resources
The following websites are great resources for residents interested in learning more about alcohol-related issues affecting DuPage County:
- Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) - AAIM is an Illinois non-profit organization whose mission is "to prevent deaths and injuries caused by intoxicated or distracted motorists and to assist impaired driving crash victims and their families throughout the state of Illinois."
- Illinois Division of Transportation Safety (IDTS) - The IDTS is part of the Illinois Department of Transportation with a mission "to formulate, coordinate, and deliver information, services and programs which will mobilize public and private resources to establish effective public policy and integrated programs to improve highway safety in Illinois."
- Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) - The mission of the ILCC is "to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of Illinois through careful control and regulation of the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcoholic liquors and through the development of strategies to reduce youth access to tobacco products."
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) - MADD is a national nonprofit with local offices whose mission is "to stop drunk driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking."
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) - Under the US Department of Transportation, the NHTSA's mission is to "save lives, prevent injuries and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes, through education, research, safety standards and enforcement activity."
- National Safety Council (NSC) - The National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is "to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy."
DuPage County Liquor Commissioner Meetings
The Liquor Commissioner hosted his annual meeting on Thursday, April 19th, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. This meeting gave liquor license holders the opportunity to give feedback to the Liquor Commissioner on issues relevant to the DuPage liquor ordinance. County staff was also present to answer any questions or concerns license holders may have about the renewal process:
Minutes from previous meetings can be downloaded below: