Community Policy

Social Host Law

Social hosting occurs when adults knowingly allow alcohol consumption by minors. Most Wheeling Township adults know that providing alcohol to minors is illegal. Illinois law states that violators of the social host law will be guilty of a class A misdemeanor and subject to a fine of not less than $500 when they knowingly authorize or permit underage drinking in their home. If this activity results in great bodily harm or death to any person, the individual is subject to a Class 4 felony. However, a person will not be in violation if he or she has taken all reasonable steps to prevent this activity from occurring. Also, no charges will be filed if assistance is requested from law enforcement after discovery of the illegal activity.

It is illegal for anyone under 21 years of age to purchase, consume, or possess alcoholic beverages. Anyone who knowingly allows the consumption of alcohol on his/her premises by a minor (under 21 years of age) may be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

A civil lawsuit may also follow.

Visit the website below for tools and information to help our community reduce teen drinking and related harm.

Teens who drink usually get alcohol from “social sources” — at parties, from older friends and family, or by taking it from a cabinet or refrigerator without permission. Teen drinking is linked to injury and risky behavior. We can reduce teen drinking by stopping teens’ easy access to alcohol.

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Curfew in YOUR Community  

Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights and Wheeling:

Curfews are set for the safety and well-being of our children. It is especially important to set limits for them. It is unlawful for persons under 17 years of age, unaccompanied/supervised by a parent, legal guardian or other responsible companion to be present at or upon any public assembly, building, place, street or highway after curfew.

Night Time Driving Restrictions for Drivers Under 18