What is social hosting?
The City of Lake Forest and the State of Illinois have passed Social Host Ordinances and Laws to keep youth and young adults safe. Below is a summary of social host to help adults in the community understand their responsibilities and liability.
Individuals can be arrested and face charges for simply allowing or permitting individuals under the age of 21 to drink alcohol at their residence or on their property.
Penalties and Fines
A guilty person is responsible for reimbursing the city for any response costs incurred plus a fine of up to $2,500.
Additional State of Illinois SHO Law Fines and Penalties
Under Illinois law any Social Host violation that results in bodily harm or death results in a minimum fine of $500, and is a Class 4 Felony. A Class 4 Felony may include incarceration for 1-3 years, and fines of up to $25,000.
To see the City of Lake Forest ordinance, click on this link and go to Sec. 4-22 (6).