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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 08, 2013 at 02:25 PM
duh-everybody knows that you have to purchase liquor through one of d-bag Giarrante's list of approved distibutors/ political contributors. I mean-God forbid the owner of a business go to where he finds the lowest prices to make the maximum profit for himself instead of having to go through the big IL liquor distributors that collude on prices. Crony capitalism at it's finest. It would be nice to have all of these corrupt old Will County political hacks like Giarrante and Walsh and the union honchos all be on the same bus as it goes off a cliff.
Willy Barajas October 08, 2013 at 02:25 PM
really, wow i didn't know that
Ana Lule October 08, 2013 at 02:41 PM
How does this hurt anyone?
RosieMckenna October 08, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Anonymous hit it on the head , in the bar biz it's called bringing in the booze "through the front door" and a few try it but usually get caught , if your business has a liquor license you are mandated to buy beer and liquor from a licensed distributor with a tax built in the inflated price . Certainly Juan knew this .
Herc October 08, 2013 at 03:47 PM
That law needs to be changed.
Matt B. October 08, 2013 at 04:35 PM
I wonder how many other laws form 1934 "will not be tolerated in Joliet"?
Ex Jolietian October 08, 2013 at 05:25 PM
It's all about collecting taxes. When the tavern, banquet hall or restaurant purchases their liquor inventory from licensed vendors the city/state/fed can look at those invoices and tell exactly how much alcohol was purchased and sold. Taverns have been refilling bottles for years. Follow the money!
Herc October 08, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Yes follow the money! Whom's pocket is being lined!
John Public .. October 08, 2013 at 06:26 PM
@ Anonymous,, AMEN. !! I have been saying for years Joliet NEEDS a MAJOR CHANGE.
anonymous October 08, 2013 at 10:24 PM
@John P- as The Joker (Jack Nicholson) said "This town needs an enema!"
Hokey Flower October 09, 2013 at 12:57 PM
(sigh) Smh. There goes "anonymous" again. You sound like a broken record. "I don't like (insert anything)." "We need to (insert anything)." "This city needs to (insert anything)." Take your ball and go home. Stop crying. You're a troll.
anonymous October 09, 2013 at 01:51 PM
@anonlovessheep- you're too stupid to realize that it makes my day that a d-nozzle like yourself would take the time to set up that screen name- I'm flattered. If you want sunshine(among other things) blown up your a** I'm sure your boyfriend would oblige as usual
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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