Illinois 10th state to vote to ratify 21st Amendment to repeal Prohibition

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Wednesday, July 10, Illinois commemorates the 80th anniversary of Illinois’ vote to ratify the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution, which ended Prohibition.

Illinois was the 10th state to ratify the 21st Amendment July 10, 1933. Michigan was the first state to ratify the vote April 10, 1933. Dec. 5, 1933, Prohibition ended in the United States when 36 states (a three-fourths majority) ratified the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution, thereby repealing the 18th Amendment, which began Prohibition in 1920.

The 21st Amendment also returned to the states the responsibility to regulate alcohol within their borders. Each state has the primary authority to enact and enforce alcohol laws consistent with the desires and needs of its citizens. For 80 years, Illinois and its citizens have benefited from a state-based system of alcohol regulation.

Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois (ABDI) President Bill Olson said: “The 21st Amendment recognized that alcohol is a unique product that is best controlled by individual states. All states created a regulatory system that separates manufacturers, distributors and retailers with each being a separate business entity and prohibiting vertical integration — vertical monopolies. This system provided a solution that continues to be effective today.

The U.S. system of independent distributors provides Americans with the broadest range of alcohol beverage choice in the world,” Olson added. “Independent distributors provide access to market for small regional craft brews, large multinational brands, and imports from around the world, all delivered through a safe, transparent and accountable system.”

ABDI members continue to play an ever-increasing economic role to Illinois’ economy by providing thousands of jobs with good benefits. They collect and pay $63 million each year in excise taxes to the state and pay more than $280 million in direct wages and health care benefits. More information about ABDI is available at

Posted July 10, 2013

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