Wine shipping bill in Illinois moves to Governor's desk

The long battle in Illinois is coming to an end (well, at least for now). The Illinois Senate passed HB 429 today by a vote of 49-5. Governor Blagojevich is expected to sign the bill. More details of the legislation can be found in a previous post. If signed, Illinois would move from a reciprocal state for winery direct shipping to a permit state and self-distribution from small wineries that produce less than 25,000 gallons per year would be allowed. Out of state retailers would be prohibited from shipping into Illinois.

We will have much more to say about the implications of HB 429 in the next few days…

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