As stated in Illinois Public Act 093-0687: “No license shall be issued for the sale at retail of any alcoholic liquor within 100 feet of any church, school other than an institution of higher learning, hospital, home for aged or indigent persons or for veterans… ” and “nor to the renewal of a license for the sale at retail of alcoholic liquor on premises within 100 feet of any church or school where the church or school has been established within such 100 feet since the issuance of the original license. In the case of a church, the distance of 100 feet shall be measured to the nearest part of any building used for worship services or educational programs and not to property boundaries.” The Village of Wheeling takes this law a step further and restricts liquor licenses within 100 ft of the property boundary and not the building.
The Village of Wheeling put together a map showing 100 ft boundaries around all schools in churches in the village to give them an idea of where there might be conflicts for any business looking to purchase a liquor license. Instead of taking the time to measure out distances by hand, the map displays what areas could be included in the restricted area. Although not the final determination of whether a liquor license meets the village requirements, the map allows village staff to get an idea where the restricted areas exist.