March 6th, 2006
Winery and beer distributor groups reached a compromise in the drawn out battle in Illinois. Senate Bill 2180 passed the Senate vote unanimously,and now moves to a House vote. The compromise would allow the nearly 200 Illinois wineries to sell wine at the winery as well as at two additional retail locations in the state.
Direct shipping would also be allowed into and out of Illinois. In exchange for dropping a previous visit requirement, the wineries agreed to drop the proposed per customer volume limit from 36 cases per individual per year to 12 cases per individual per year.