Governor Blagojevich signed HB 429 yesterday, temporarily ending an extremely tough battle to pass wine shipping legislation in Illinois. The new laws will not take effect until June 1st, 2008. Illinois will move from a reciprocal state to a permit state for winery direct shipping and will also enable limited self distribution for wineries that produce less than 25,000 gallons per year.
HB 429 will allow Illinois retailers to ship to consumers, but will prohibit out of state retailers from doing the same. This will almost certainly be challenged by the Specialty Wine Retailers Association, who will seek evenhanded access to shipping directly to Illinois consumers.
For more information on HB 429, please see our previous post.