Change in Illinois Alcohol Law May Leave Colleges Liable for Students' Underage Drinking

A recent amendment to the Illinois Liquor Control Act of 1934 may be a cause of concern for colleges in the state.

The new statute, which will take effect on January 1, declares that private residences may not be used for alcohol consumption by underage drinkers, and that if the owner of a residence knowingly permits such consumption, he or she is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. Known as the "Social