Illinois is cracking down on parents that let their kids drink at home. The new social host law begins January 1st and will make it a misdemeanor to let your teens drink alcohol. Sue Hofer with the Illinois Liquor Control Commission says you'll also get fined at least five-hundred dollars. She says young people are drinking more at home, around the property where they aren't going to get busted by police. This law puts the burden on the homeowner to make sure underage people aren't drinking alcohol.
If the teen drinking results is someone getting hurt or killed, parents could face a felony. Hofer says they already crack down on places that sell alcohol to kids and many kids are finding other ways to get their booze. She says the new law does protect parents that don't know about the drinking and those that have taken steps to prevent kids from getting alcohol.
(Posted 12-28-2012 at 11:01am, Metro Networks)