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Banquet Hall Fined for Reselling Alcohol Purchased from Retailer

The owner of La Hacienda de Las Americas will pay a $1,000 fine under the ruling made by Joliet Mayor Tom Giarrante, the city's liquor commissioner.

Mayor Tom Giarrante, who also serves as the city of Joliet's liquor commissioner. Credit: Karen Sorensen
Mayor Tom Giarrante, who also serves as the city of Joliet's liquor commissioner. Credit: Karen Sorensen
A Joliet banquet hall owner who was reselling alcohol purchased from a retail store rather than a liquor distributor has been fined by the city of Joliet for violating the Liquor Control Act of 1934.

Juan Jaime, owner of La Hacienda de Las Americas at 24 E. Ohio St., will pay $1,000, under an order issued by Joliet Mayor Tom Giarrante, who also serves as the city's liquor commissioner.  

“According to the law, all liquor licensees must purchase their beer, wine and spirits from licensed liquor distributors,” Giarrante said in a news release on the law violation penalty.

“Purchasing alcohol at stores such as Sam’s Club or Costco and then reselling it in an establishment is a direct violation of the law and will not be tolerated in Joliet.”


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anonymous October 09, 2013 at 01:51 PM
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GlockG22Shoots40s October 09, 2013 at 01:52 PM
Evidently, nobody told this outfit that when they buy booze at Sam's they're supposed to use those to refill the bottles they bought from the distributor.
Danny October 09, 2013 at 04:47 PM
The law cited isn't about collecting taxes, but protecting the liquor distributors from going out of business. Booze costs more when bought through a distributor and, if given a choice, any tavern or restaurant would buy from Sam's or other stores like it. How do you think the Wirtzes made so much money?
Ex Jolietian October 09, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Hi DanK. I have to disagree. I have a relative who owns a resort with a tavern in Wisconsin. Same rules there. The state and local governments collect tax on the sale of liquor. They can closely monitor the purchasing of booze by inspecting invoices. Taverns over the decades have bought booze elsewhere and refilled their legally bought bottles. The trick is not to get caught. I agree, the law sucks. If Sam's or Costco has a better deal they should be able to purchase it there.. but since the liquor business is a huge cash business "Big Brother" wants to keep a close eye on the inventory.

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