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New Year = New Law

Many new laws went into effect on January 1st. Do you know about this one?

Happy New Year! As we welcome 2013 we also welcome a new Social Host Law in Illinois. What is that you may ask? Well, a Social Host Law addresses the issue of underage drinking at home.  If an adult willingly offers alcohol in their home to a minor, other than their own child, they are subject to a Class A misdemeanor and fine of at least $500. If the drinking leads to significant harm or death, the offense may then classify as a Class 4 felony. Both of these penalties can result in serious consequences for the offender. If you discover illegal activity in your home and request assistance from law enforcement, no charges will be filed.  Governor Pat Quinn signed the law on August 22nd and it took effect on January 1st. The Governor stated, “Adults know it is unacceptable to allow underage drinking in their home. By putting a social host law on the books, we are sending a strong message to all adults that they will be held responsible when allowing this harmful activity.”

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