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Beverage Service Training and Related Practices

Laws specifying requirements or incentives for retail alcohol outlets to participate in server training programs (often referred to as Responsible Beverage Service).

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IL (Illinois)
1/1/2003 - 8/14/2014Voluntary       BothUnspecified3 Citations
IL (Illinois)
8/15/2014 - 1/1/2018Voluntary       Off-PremisesUnspecified3 Citations
IL (Illinois)

Although the effective date of Illinois’ enacting legislation establishing an on-premises beverage service training program was August 15, 2014 (see 2014 Ill. Laws 98-939, §5, as amended by 2015 Ill. Laws 99-46, §5), on-premises alcohol servers in Cook County are required to complete training in basic responsible alcohol service as outlined in 77 Ill. Adm. Code 3500 by July 1, 2015, or within 120 days after beginning employment, whichever is later. All servers in a county, other than Cook, with a population of 200,000 or more must complete training by the later of July 1, 2016, or within 120 days after employment. All servers in a county with a population of more than 30,000 and less than 200,000 are required to complete training by the later of July 1, 2017, or within 120 days after employment. All alcohol servers in counties with a population of 30,000 or less are required to complete training by the later of July 1, 2018, or within 120 days after employment. From July 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015, enforcement is limited to education and notification of the requirements to encourage compliance.

8/15/2014 - 1/1/2018Mandatory  Yes    On-PremisesUnspecified6 Citations