SPRINGFIELD, IL (KMOX) – A new “social host” law takes effect tomorrow in Illinois.
Illinois Liquor Control Commission spokeswoman Sue Hofer says adults caught allowing minors to drink at their homes could be charged with a misdemeanor and a fine of at least $500.
“As we crack down on restaurants and bars and liquor stores that sell liquor to minors, young people are drinking more at home, in the backyard, in the garage, around the property where they’re not going to get busted by police,” she said.
Hofer says adults could be hit with even stiffer penalties in Illinois if they allow teens to drink and one of the teens hurts or kills someone while driving.
“If a person who has been in your home and been drinking and is underage goes out and causes a serious accident, the penalty to the adult could be upgraded to a felony,” she explained.