"Parents Who Host, Lose the Most."
What does this mean?
Do You Know About the Illinois Social Host Law?
In accordance with Illinois State Law - Public Act 097-1049 passed on August 22, 2012 specifies it is against the law to "knowingly allow underage drinking at parties at a residence which he or she occupies or any other private property, public place, or premises under his or her control where any one or more of the persons is under 21 years of age and
- the person occupying the residence or controlling the private property*, public place*, or premises* knows or reasonably should know that any such person under the age of 21 is in possession of or is consuming any alcoholic beverage; and
- the possession or consumption of the alcohol by the person under 21 is not otherwise permitted by the Act."
- Violators will be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor and will be subject to $500.00-$2,500 in fines.
- If a minor dies or is seriously injured as a result of illegally provided alcohol, the provider can be charged with a Class 4 felony and sentenced between 1 and 3 years imprisonment, and up to $25,000 in fines.
- Such a parent also faces the risk of being sued in civil court.