Closing Liquor Loopholes

Crain’s reporting and recent editorial on Illinois retailers shipping alcohol out of state missed key facts. It created the false impression that retailers are unfair targets of regulators or wholesalers. In reality, some retailers have long been in conflict with Illinois and other states’ laws and are now asking that the law not be applied…

Illinois: Modern Day Bootlegging

Authorities said the owners of Columbia Liquors concocted an elaborate scheme to skip paying taxes on alcohol purchased for their Hammond, Ind., store and then sold for millions in cash to Illinois stores from a backdoor register. According to a civil forfeiture case in the Northern District of Indiana, the government says Sam and Dipti…