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Application Process

Upon the filing of an application for a new liquor license, the Liquor Control Commissioner shall review the applicant's credentials and requirements to determine if the license shall be granted. The criteria for the license are the following:

  1. The class of liquor license applied for;
  2. The past performance of the applicant, or if a partnership, that of each of the partners; or if a corporation, that of the officers, directors, and majority stockholder and manager, as a licensee;
  3. The character and reputation of the applicant; or if a partnership, that of each of the partners; or if a corporation, that of the officers, directors, and a majority stockholder and manager, as a licensee;
  4. The general design and layout of the proposed premises;
  5. The nature of entertainment, if any, which the applicant intends to provide;
  6.  The compliance of the premises with all ordinances of the County and specifically health, building, zoning, property, maintenance, housing and fire safety ordinances;
  7. Any monies owed to the County by the applicant which have remained unpaid for a period of more than forty-five (45) days, whether for bills, taxes, license or otherwise;
  8. The number, class, and type of licensed premises within a one (1) mile radius of the proposed license premises, and within the County as a whole;
  9. The zoning, general character of the surrounding neighborhood and the projected impact of the premises upon the surrounding neighborhood and the County as a whole. A recommendation may be solicited from the Will County Land Use Department at the Liquor Control Commissioner's option.
  10. The law enforcement problems, if any, which would be created by the opening of the premises. A recommendation may be solicited from the Will County Sheriff's Department at the Liquor Control Commissioner's option.

(Res. 86-90, adopted 6-19-86; Am. Ord. 99-115, adopted 3-18-99)