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HB 0494

Reduction of Drinking Age

  • 18-20 year olds could consume beer and wine in a restaurant if they are with their parents, grandparents, step-parents, or legal guardians. Modeled after a similar law in Wisconsin.
  • Does not specify any process related to how restaurant owners and servers will know if the adults at the table are the actual parent, step-parent, grandparent, guardian, or someone else.
  • Does not specify the amount of drinks an establishment can dispense to youth, nor does it require an establishment to ensure that the youth aren't driving.
  • Underage drinking is dangerous, not only for the drinker but also for society. Each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking
  • The brain is developing until young people are in their mid 20's
  • Research shows minimum legal drinking age laws have had positive effects primarily in decreasing traffic crashes and fatalities, suicide, binge drinking, and decreased consumption of alcohol by those under the age of 21. (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)

HB 2353 & SB316

Recreational Marijuana in IL

  • In March 2017, state lawmakers introduced legislation that would end marijuana prohibition in Illinois and establish a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed for adult use.
  • The Senate bill, SB 316, is sponsored by Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Heather Steans (D-Chicago), while the House version, HB 2353, was presented by Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago).
  • Each would make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess, grow, and purchase limited amounts of marijuana.
  • The state would license and regulate businesses to cultivate, process, test, and sell marijuana to adults, and it would create and enforce strict health and safety regulations, such as testing and labeling requirements and restrictions on marketing.