Illinois Statutes Chapter 720. Criminal Offenses § 675/2.Penalties

<Text of section effective July 1, 2019.  See, also, text of section 720 ILCS 675/2, effective until July 1, 2019.>

§ 2.  Penalties.

(a) Any person who violates subsection (a), (a-5), (a-5.1), (a-8), (b), or (d) of Section 1 of this Act is guilty of a petty offense.  For the first offense in a 24-month period, the person shall be fined $200 if his or her employer has a training program that facilitates compliance with minimum-age tobacco laws.  For the second offense in a 24-month period, the person shall be fined $400 if his or her employer has a training program that facilitates compliance with minimum-age tobacco laws.  For the third offense in a 24-month period, the person shall be fined $600 if his or her employer has a training program that facilitates compliance with minimum-age tobacco laws.  For the fourth or subsequent offense in a 24-month period, the person shall be fined $800 if his or her employer has a training program that facilitates compliance with minimum-age tobacco laws.  For the purposes of this subsection, the 24-month period shall begin with the person's first violation of the Act.  The penalties in this subsection are in addition to any other penalties prescribed under the Cigarette Tax Act and the Tobacco Products Tax Act of 1995.

(a-5) Any retailer who violates subsection (a), (a-5), (a-5.1), (a-8), (b), or (d) of Section 1 of this Act is guilty of a petty offense.  For the first offense in a 24-month period, the retailer shall be fined $200 if it does not have a training program that facilitates compliance with minimum-age tobacco laws.  For the second offense in a 24-month period, the retailer shall be fined $400 if it does not have a training program that facilitates compliance with minimum-age tobacco laws.  For the third offense within a 24-month period, the retailer shall be fined $600 if it does not have a training program that facilitates compliance with minimum-age tobacco laws.  For the fourth or subsequent offense in a 24-month period, the retailer shall be fined $800 if it does not have a training program that facilitates compliance with minimum-age tobacco laws.  For the purposes of this subsection, the 24-month period shall begin with the person's first violation of the Act.  The penalties in this subsection are in addition to any other penalties prescribed under the Cigarette Tax Act and the Tobacco Products Tax Act of 1995.

(a-6) For the purpose of this Act, a training program that facilitates compliance with minimum-age tobacco laws must include at least the following elements:  (i) it must explain that only individuals displaying valid identification demonstrating that they are 21 years of age or older shall be eligible to purchase tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, or alternative nicotine products and (ii) it must explain where a clerk can check identification for a date of birth.  The training may be conducted electronically.  Each retailer that has a training program shall require each employee who completes the training program to sign a form attesting that the employee has received and completed tobacco training.  The form shall be kept in the employee's file and may be used to provide proof of training.

(b) (Blank).  If a person under 21 years of age violates subsection (a-6) of Section 1, he or she is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.

(c) (Blank).

(d) (Blank).

(e) (Blank).

(f) (Blank).

(g) (Blank).

(h) All moneys collected as fines for violations of subsection (a), (a-5), (a-5.1), (a-6), (a-8), (b), or (d) or (a-7) of Section 1 shall be distributed in the following manner:

(1) one-half of each fine shall be distributed to the unit of local government or other entity that successfully prosecuted the offender;  and

(2) one-half shall be remitted to the State to be used for enforcing this Act.

Any violation of subsection (a) or (a-5) of Section 1 shall be reported to the Department of Revenue within 7 business days.


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