CHICAGO – Governor George H. Ryan today signed House Bill 5941, further strengthening Illinois’ penalties for underage drinking and possession of false identification. The legislation revokes or suspends the driver’s license or permit of any person under the age of 21.
“Unfortunately, some of our teenagers choose to break the law by drinking and using fake IDs,” said Governor Ryan. “This legislation further strengthens the penalties for this dangerous behavior and will hopefully reduce the number of underage alcohol related crashes.”
House Bill 5941 was an initiative of the Illinois Licensed Beverage Association in response to the results of a survey of college students the Association conducted. The results of their study indicated that the possibility of losing a driver’s license or learner’s permit as a consequence of violating any of the prohibitions of the Liquor Control Act is a significant deterrent to underage drinking.
Under the provisions of the legislation, a conviction must occur before the Secretary of State suspends one year of driving privileges. Local liquor commissioners must report when a person under 21 is convicted of purchasing, accepting, possessing, or consuming alcohol and possession of false identification to the Secretary of State.
The Bill was sponsored in the House by Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago), Timothy Osmond (R-Antioch), Eileen Lyons (R-Western Springs), Patricia R. Bellock (R-Hinsdale). Senate sponsors include David Sullivan (R-Park Ridge) and Christine Radogno (R-LaGrange).