Cocktails-To-Go Passes Illinois Legislature: Waits for the Governor’s signature

By |2020-05-24T02:08:16+00:00May 24th, 2020|Breaking News, Legislation|


Cocktails-To-Go Bill Passes in Illinois!

The Illinois Legislature passed a bill that would allow the sale of cocktails-to-go, it awaits the governor’s signature to become law. I have been heavily involved in advocating for and drafting this legislation, if you have any questions please contact me at (312) 535-8380 or sean.oleary@olearylpgroup.com.

Here are the particulars of […]

Support SB3830 Illinois Wine Retailer shipping Bill: It brings in needed revenue and impacts safety during COVID-19 Crisis

By |2020-05-19T21:23:40+00:00May 19th, 2020|Legislation, Liquor Industry Insights|


Senate Bill 3830 which would bring out-of-state wine retailer shipping to Illinois, should be passed in light of the COVID-19 crisis. This bill is necessary to help Illinois’ budget, ensures Illinois residents are safe, and meets consumer demand and preferences.

The COVID-19 crisis has blown a hole in Illinois’ budget and allowing out-of-state wine retailer shipping […]

Cocktails-For-Hope wants to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the People of Illinois

By |2020-05-16T22:54:11+00:00May 16th, 2020|Legislation, Liquor Industry Insights|


Cocktails-For-Hope wants to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the People of Illinois

The mission of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the People of the State of Illinois. Cocktails-For-Hope, which wants to expand alcoholic liquor delivery and takeout privileges to allow bars and restaurants to […]

Kentucky wine, beer, and spirits shipping bill becomes law

By |2020-04-13T20:42:01+00:00April 8th, 2020|Breaking News, Legislation|

Kentucky’s Liquor Shipping Bill has become law. This bill is limited solely to producers and does not include retailers.

Here are some of the specific.

The bill allows beer and wine producers to ship up to 10 cases per month to a consumer and 10 liters of spirits per month to a consumer.

Keep in mind that anyone […]

Proposed Illinois Liquor Taxes Defeated

By |2020-04-13T21:10:21+00:00June 2nd, 2019|Breaking News, Legislation|


The proposed Illinois liquor taxes that would have increased taxes on wine and spirits nearly fifty percent was defeated. A leading Illinois industry member indicated that the tax increases would not go through. Initially the taxes were proposed as a way to pay for Governor J.B. Pritzker’s capital plan.

As I indicated early, if passed and […]

Illinois: When and Why Cannabis will pass and successful Liquor bills

By |2019-05-24T17:56:03+00:00May 24th, 2019|Cannabis Issues, Legislation|



The Illinois legislature is adjourning in a week and today several liquor bills passed both houses including a bill that creates a distiller pub license. Interesting enough, a bill that would make changes to the existing brew pub license did not get called for a vote today and its deadline was extended for […]

Raising Liquor Taxes in Illinois will become an absolute folly

By |2020-04-13T21:10:21+00:00May 21st, 2019|Legislation|


Governor J.B. Pritzker proposed increasing liquor taxes as a way to pay for his capital plan. His proposed plan would increase the tax on beer from 23.1 cents to 27.7 cents per gallon, would increase the tax on wine from $1.39 to $2.05 per gallon, and would increase the tax on spirits from $8.55 to […]

Are Crafts looking to kill the pubs in Illinois?

By |2020-04-13T20:45:04+00:00April 8th, 2019|Legislation, Liquor Industry Insights|


There is a theory out there, that is actually backed up by statistics, that the presence of craft brewers is hurting bars and taverns. An article on this subject cites Bureau of Labor statistics that the number of “on-premise drinking establishments have decreased by 6.3% since 2010.[1]

Bar/tavern owners are starting to take notice […]

Proposed Illinois Liquor Legislation

By |2020-04-13T21:10:21+00:00March 3rd, 2019|Legislation, Liquor Industry Insights|


Introduction to Proposed Illinois Legislation

Included are the vast majority of Illinois liquor bills so far introduced this session.

The craft distillers are busy! They are requesting full retail privileges, self-distribution privileges, increases in the amount they can serve in their tasting rooms, and up to 500,000 gallons in storage capacity.

This last number seems […]