Governor of Illinois Signs HB-429

The Governor of Illinois signed HB-429 on October 3, 2007. The bill transitions Illinois from a reciprocity state to a permit state for direct-to-consumer wine shipments. HB 429 will become effective on June 1, 2008. Wineries with an approved permit will be able to ship 12 cases to a consumer and required to pay sales and excise taxes. Information about the permit application process will be posted on the Wine Institute website once it becomes available. Should you have any questions please contact the State Relations Department at 415-356-7530.