Illinois bill could raise craft distillery production limits

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois distillers may be able to produce significantly more spirits with a single state license under legislation that both the state House and Senate have passed.

The measure would let craft distillers make up to 100,000 gallons a year, up from 35,000 gallons a year per license.

The bill would also close a loophole in current state law that doesn’t explicitly prohibit distilleries from holding multiple licenses at different locations to produce more booze.

Terry Horstman, spokesman for the state Department of Revenue, said that there are 28 craft distiller licenses currently issued. The Chicago Tribune reports that state data shows craft distillers generated nearly $154,400 in state sales taxes and liquor revenue taxes last year.