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For the purpose of this chapter the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
ALCOHOL. 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.
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 a human being. 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 .5% or less, of alcohol by volume.
BANQUET HALL. A business organized in a way that it provides a place available for rental by members of the general public. The building housing the business shall be designed to accommodate a minimum of 50 persons safely. The business is typified by wedding celebrations, parties, business meetings, or dances by private clubs or individuals. In this type of business, the lessor or licensee is paid a fee by the lessee for use of the hall and or providing alcoholic liquor.
BEER. 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.
CATERER RETAILER. 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 (not including snacks as the primary meal) and alcoholic liquors are sold at a package price agreed upon under contract.
CLUB. A corporation organized under the laws of the state, 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 room 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 Commissioner at the time of its application for a license under this chapter two copies of a list of names and residences of its members, and similarly files within ten days of the election of any additional member his or her 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 any 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 the members of the club or its guests introduced by members beyond the amount of such salary as may be fixed and voted at any annual meeting by the members or by its board of directors or other governing body out of the general revenue of the club.
CONVENIENCE STORE. A grocery store which also sells motor fuel.
GROCERY STORE. A retail establishment primarily engaged in the sale of food and household items with the sale of alcoholic liquors as incidental to its primary business.
HOTEL. Every building or other structure kept, used, maintained, advertised, and held out to the public to be a place where food is actually served and consumed and sleeping accommodations are offered to adequate pay to travelers and guests, whether transient, permanent, or residential, in which 25 or more rooms are used for the sleeping accommodations of such guests and having one or more public dining rooms where meals are served to such guests, such sleeping accommodations and dining rooms being conducted in the same building or buildings in connection therewith and such building or buildings, structure or structures, being provided with adequate and sanitary kitchen and dining room equipment and capacity.
LIQUOR CONTROL ACT. The Illinois Liquor Control Act of 1934, 235 ILCS 5/1-1, et seq. as now or hereafter amended.
LIQUOR COMMISSIONER. The President of the village.
PACKAGE STORE. A retail establishment, the primary business of which is the sale of alcoholic liquor for consumption off premises.
PERSON. Any natural person, or any corporation or partnership or unincorporated association.
RESTAURANT. Any public place kept, used, maintained, advertised, and held out to the public as a place where meals are served, and where meals are actually 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. Any business claiming to be a restaurant must document, on demand of the Liquor Commissioner, that 60% or more of its gross receipts during the past three months is derived from the sale of food as distinguished from alcoholic liquor.
RETAILER. A person who sells or offers for sale alcoholic liquor for use or consumption and not for resale in any form.
SALE. Any transfer, exchange, or barter in any manner or by any means whatsoever, and includes and means all sales made by any person, whether principal, proprietor, agent, servant or employee.
SELL AT RETAIL and SALE AT RETAIL. Refers to and means sales for use or consumption and not for resale in any form.
SPECIAL EVENT. An event conducted by an educational, fraternal, political, civic, religious or other nonprofit organizations.
SPECIAL EVENT RETAILER. An educational, fraternal, civic, religious or nonprofit organization which sells or offers for sale, beer or wine or both, only for consumption at the location and on the dates designated by a special event license.
SPIRITS. 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.
STATE COMMISSION. The Illinois Liquor Control Commission.
TO SELL. Includes to keep or expose for sale and to keep with intent to sell.
WINE. 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, as above defined.
(Ord. 94-23, passed 5-24-94; Am. Ord. 96-90, passed 5-14-96; Am. Ord. 99-40, passed 7-27-99; Am. Ord. 03-49, passed 10-28-03)