Family dinners may get a lot more fun in Illinois. Legislators in Springfield are considering a bill that would allow 18-year-olds in The Prairie State to drink booze at restaurants with parental consent. If the drink-positive lawmakers win out, Illinois will join 10 other states with similar laws, including Wisconsin, Ohio, Kansas, Connecticut, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, Texas, and Wyoming.
According to Eater, the Illinois bill only applies to wine and beer, so newly christened voters still won’t be able to knock back shots of tequila with their folks at the bar. And parents will be required to supervise their imbibing offspring—parental notes, legit or otherwise, won’t earn an enterprising teen a glass of vino.
There’s a good chance that state legislators will approve the relaxed drinking rules, as they enacted similar pro-booze regulations just two years ago. In 2015, they amended the state’s Liquor Control Act of 1934—the same act that would be amended now—to allow happy hour drink specials. Apparently, Springfield is going zero to 60 on progressive alcohol issues.