Law: Drams & Damages

In the days when popular ballads sang of little tots tugging their papas away from the saloon and home to their sick and starving families, Illinois passed its Dram-Shops Act. Any one injured or deprived of his means of support as a result of another person's intoxication could apply for damages not only from the grog seller, but from the grog seller's landlord. Repealed during Prohibition, Illinois' Dram-Shops Act of 1874 was revived in the Liquor Control Act of 1934, and last week it was invoked by a Chicago lady who claimed...