Liquor Advisory Board


The Liquor Advisory Board shall meet not less than semi-annually to carry out its duties. The Liquor Advisory Board shall establish dates, times, and places for its meetings.


The Chairman of the County Board of the County of Jackson, State of Illinois, shall be the Liquor Control Commissioner and shall act as such in and for that area in the County of Jackson, State of Illinois, which is not within the limits of any city, incorporated town, or village. The Liquor Control Commissioner of Jackson County shall receive compensation in the amount of $1000 per year for performing his/her duties of office, said sum shall be paid monthly in equal installments.


Governed by the Jackson County Liquor Control Ordinance, amended December 2021; this ordinance shall be liberally construed to the end that the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Jackson County may thereby be protected, and, to the end that temperance in the consumption of alcoholic liquors may be encouraged and fostered by judicious and careful regulation and control of the sale and distribution of alcoholic liquors. The Liquor Advisory Board shall have the following powers and duties:

  • To review all liquor license applications, both new and renewals
  • To meet and discuss liquor license applications with all applicants
  • To render an advisory opinion as to the merits or demerits of each liquor license application it reviews
  • To receive complaints made against licenses and to inform the Liquor Control Commissioner of these complaints which require further action
  • To monitor all licensees for compliance with state and local law
  • To seek public input and to receive community concerns regarding liquor and liquor licenses

Conditions on Membership

The Liquor Advisory Board shall consist of the following members:

  • The Sheriff or his/her representative
  • The State's Attorney or his/her representative
  • The Chair of the Health and Safety Committee
  • A representative from the Jackson County Health Department
  • At least one, but not more than three, citizens of the County are to be appointed bi-annually by the Chair of the County Board with the approval of the full County Board

In cases where an application for a new liquor license has been made, the Liquor Advisory Board shall also include, for purposes of reviewing such new applications, the two County Board members for the district in which the proposed establishment is to be located. Jackson County Board members who have been appointed by the County Board Chair to serve on this board/agency will receive a stipend as outlined in the Jackson County By-Laws for attending the board/agency meetings. Additionally, said Jackson County Board members will be required to provide a prompt report to the County Administrator in the format set out in Appendix A of the Jackson County By-Laws.


Those appointments for citizens of the County shall be two-year terms.

Contact Us

Jackson County Courthouse
1001 Walnut Street
Murphysboro IL 62966
Phone: 618-687-7240
Fax: 618-687-7271