ARTICLE I – GENERALLY

          21-1-1        GENERALLY.  This Chapter shall be liberally construed, to the end that the health, safety and welfare of the People of the County of Union County, Illinois shall be protected and temperance in the consumption of alcoholic liquors shall be fostered and promoted. 

          21-1-2        DEFINITIONS.  For purposes of this Chapter, the following terms shall be given these definitions:

          (A)               “Act” means the Illinois Liquor Control Act, 235 ILCS 5/1-1 et seq., as amended, and any regulations promulgated thereunder.

          (B)               “Alcohol” means the product of distillation of any fermented liquid, whether rectified or diluted, whatever may be the origin thereof, and includes synthetic ethyl alcohol.  It does not include denatured alcohol or wood alcohol.

          (C)               “Alcoholic Liquor” includes alcohol, spirits, wine and beer, and every liquid or solid, patented or not, containing alcohol, spirits, wine or beer, and capable of being consumed as a beverage by human beings.  The provisions of this Chapter shall not apply to alcohol used in the manufacture of denatured alcohol produced in accordance with Acts of Congress and regulations promulgated thereunder, nor to any liquid or solid containing one-half of one percent or less of alcohol by volume.  (See 235 ILCS Sec. 5/1-3.05)

          (D)               “Beer” means a beverage obtained by the alcoholic fermentation of an infusion or concoction of barley or other grain, malt and hops in water, and includes, among other things, beer, ale, stout, lager beer, porter and the like.  (See 235 ILCS Sec. 5/1-3.04)

          (E)               “Caterer Retailer” means a person who serves alcoholic liquors for consumption, either on-site or off-site, whether the location is licensed or unlicensed, as an incidental part of food service.  Prepared meals and alcoholic liquors are sold at a package price agreed upon under contract.  (See 235 ILCS Sec. 5/1-3.34)

          (F)               “Close” means to shut up so as to prevent entrance or access by any person; and the entire suspension of business.

          (G)               “Club” means a corporation organized under the laws of this State and not for pecuniary profit, solely for the promotion of some common object other than the sale or consumption of alcoholic liquors, kept, used and maintained by its members, through the payment of annual dues, and owning, hiring or leasing a building or space in a building of such extent and character as may be suitable and adequate for the reasonable and comfortable use and accommodation of its members and their
guests and provided with suitable and adequate kitchen and dining space and equipment and maintaining a sufficient number of servants and employees for cooking, preparing and serving food and meals for its members and their guests; provided that such club files with the Liquor Control Commissioner at the time of its application for a license under this Chapter, two (2) copies of a list of names and residences of its members, and similarly files within ten (10) days of the election of any additional members, their name and address; and provided further, that its affairs and management are conducted by a board of directors, executive committee, or similar body chosen by the members at their annual meeting and that no member or officer, agent or employee of the club is paid, or directly or indirectly receives, in the form of salary or other compensation any profits from the distribution or sale of alcoholic liquor to the club or its members or guests introduced by members, beyond the amount of such salary as may be fixed and voted at the annual meeting by the members or by the board of directors or other governing body out of the general revenue of the club.  (See 235 ILCS Sec. 5/1-3.24)

          (H)               “Code” means the Code of Ordinances of the County of Union, Illinois.

          (I)                “County” means the County of Union, Illinois.

          (J)               “County Board” means the Board of County Commissioners of the County of Union, Illinois.

          (K)               “County Clerk” means theCountyClerk of the County of Union, Illinois.

          (L)               “Event Center” means any building kept, used, maintained, advertised, and held out to the public as a place available to be rented by members of the public for the hosting of private functions, and where such private functions are actually held, and where such private functions are prearranged and under sponsorship of a particular person or organization, and where such space being provided with adequate equipment and capacity, and having employed therein a sufficient number and kind of employees, for the hosting of such private functions.

          (M)              “Licensee” means a person to whom a license is issued under this Chapter and any officer, associate, member, representative, agent or employee of such person.

          (N)               “Minor” means any person not yet eighteen (18) years of age.

          (O)              “Package Store” means any public place where packaged liquors are offered for sale in the original, unopened container for consumption away from the premises.

          (P)               “Person” means any natural person, firm, partnership, association or corporation.

          (Q)              “Premises” means the place of business, room, shop, or area including all rooms and facilities appurtenant thereto wherein alcoholic liquor is offered for sale in any form.

          (R)               “Private Function” means a prearranged private party, function, or event for a specific social or business occasion, either by invitation or reservation and
not open to the general public, where the guests in attendance are served in a room or rooms designated and used exclusively for the private party, function or event.

          (S)               “Resident” means an individual whose principal abode and/or primary domicile is located within the County.

          (T)               “Restaurant” means any public place kept, used, maintained, advertised, and held out to the public as a place where meals are served, and where meals actually are served and regularly served, without sleeping accommodations, such space being provided with adequate and sanitary kitchen and dining room equipment and capacity and having employed therein a sufficient number and kind of employees to prepare, cook and serve suitable food for its guests, and obtaining at least fifty-one percent (51%) of its annual gross revenue from the sale of food.  (See 235 ILCS Sec. 5/1-3.23)

          (U)               “Retailer” means a person who sells or offers for sale, alcoholic liquor for use or consumption and not for resale in any form.  (See 235 ILCS Sec. 5/1-3.17)

          (V)               “Sale” means any transfer, exchange or barter in any manner or by any means whatsoever for a consideration, and includes and means all sales made by any person, whether principal, proprietor, agent, servant or employee.  (See 235 ILCS Sec. 1-3.21)

          (W)              “Sell at Retail” or “Sale at Retail” means sales for use or consumption and not for resale in any form.  (See 235 ILCS Sec. 5/1-3.18)

          (X)               “Sheriff” means the Sheriff of the County of Union, Illinois.

          (Y)               “Spirits” means any beverage which contains alcohol obtained by distillation, mixed with water or other substance in solution, and includes brandy, rum, whiskey, gin or other spirituous liquors and such liquors when rectified, blended or otherwise mixed with alcohol or other substances.  (See 235 ILCS Sec. 5/1-3.02)

          (Z)               “State” means the State ofIllinois.

          (AA)            “State’s Attorney” means the State’s Attorney of the County of Union, Illinois.

          (BB)             “To Sell” means to keep or expose for sale and to keep with intent to sell.  (See 235 ILCS Sec. 5/1-3.22)

          (CC)             “Treasurer” means the Treasurer of the County of Union, Illinois.

          (DD)            “Wine” means any alcoholic beverage obtained by the fermentation of the natural contents of fruits or vegetables containing sugar, including such beverages when fortified by the addition of Alcohol or Spirits.  (See 235 ILCS Sec. 5/1-3.03)

          (EE)             “Wine Manufacturer” means a person who is engaged in the manufacture of wine.

(Amended in Ordinance No 2012-23, 11-30-12)