Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Article IV - Raffle Code

Any per­son, firm, cor­po­ra­tion, soci­ety, asso­ci­a­tion or orga­ni­za­tion that vio­lates any pro­vi­sion of this Arti­cle shall be fined not less than One Hun­dred Dol­lars ($100.00) or more than One Thou­sand Dol­lars ($1,000.00).

(A) Each orga­ni­za­tion licensed to con­duct raf­fles shall keep records of its gross receipts, expens­es and net pro­ceeds for each sin­gle gath­er­ing or occa­sion at which win­ning chances are deter­mined.  All deduc­tions from the gross receipts for each sin­gle gath­er­ing or occa­sion shall be doc­u­ment­ed with receipts or oth­er records indi­cat­ing the amount, a descrip­tion of the pur­chased item or ser­vice or oth­er rea­son for the deduc­tion, and the recip­i­ent.  The dis­tri­b­u­tion of net pro­ceeds shall be item­ized as to pay­ee, pur­pose, amount and date of payment.

(B) Records required by this Sec­tion shall be pre­served for three (3) years, and the orga­ni­za­tion shall make avail­able their records relat­ing to oper­a­tion of raf­fles for pub­lic inspec­tion at rea­son­able times and places.

(A) All oper­a­tion of, and the con­duct of, raf­fles shall be under the super­vi­sion of a sin­gle raf­fle man­ag­er des­ig­nat­ed by the orga­ni­za­tion.  At the time the appli­ca­tion is sub­mit­ted to Union Coun­ty, the man­ag­er shall give a fideli­ty bond in the amount of the max­i­mum dol­lar amount of all raf­fle chances to be sold, as stat­ed on the appli­ca­tion, in favor of the orga­ni­za­tion con­di­tioned upon his hon­esty in the per­for­mance of his duties.

(B) The above bond require­ment may be waived upon the sig­na­ture of the organization’s pre­sid­ing offi­cer, attest­ing to a unan­i­mous vote of the mem­bers of the licensed orga­ni­za­tion waiv­ing such bond.

The con­duct­ing of raf­fles is sub­ject to the fol­low­ing restrictions:

(A) The entire net pro­ceeds of any raf­fle must be exclu­sive­ly devot­ed to the law­ful pur­pos­es of the orga­ni­za­tion per­mit­ted to con­duct that game.

(B) No per­son except a bona fide mem­ber of the spon­sor­ing orga­ni­za­tion may par­tic­i­pate in the man­age­ment or oper­a­tion of the raffle.

(C) No per­son may receive any remu­ner­a­tion or prof­it for par­tic­i­pat­ing in the man­age­ment or oper­a­tion of the raffle.

(D) A licensee may rent a premis­es on which to deter­mine a win­ning chance or chances in a raf­fle only from an orga­ni­za­tion which has also been licensed under this Article.

(E) Raf­fle chances may be sold or issued only at the loca­tions spec­i­fied on the license, and win­ning chances may be deter­mined only at those loca­tions spec­i­fied on the license.

(F) A per­son under the age of eigh­teen (18) years may par­tic­i­pate in the con­duct­ing of raf­fles or chances only with the per­mis­sion of a par­ent or guardian.  A per­son under the age of eigh­teen (18) years may be with­in the area where win­ning chances are being deter­mined only when accom­pa­nied by his par­ent or guardian.

The fol­low­ing are inel­i­gi­ble for any license under this Article:

(A) Any per­son who has been con­vict­ed of a felony;

(B) Any per­son who is or has been a pro­fes­sion­al gam­bler or gam­bling promoter;

(C) Any per­son who is not of good moral character;

(D) Any firm or cor­po­ra­tion in which a per­son defined in sub­sec­tions A, B or C of this Sec­tion has a pro­pri­etary, equi­table or cred­it inter­est, or in which such a per­son is active or employed;

(E) Any orga­ni­za­tion in which a per­son defined in sub­sec­tions A, B or C of this Sec­tion is an offi­cer, direc­tor or employ­ee, whether com­pen­sat­ed or not;

(F) Any orga­ni­za­tion in which a per­son defined in sub­sec­tions A, B or C of this Sec­tion is to par­tic­i­pate in the man­age­ment or oper­a­tion of a raffle.

(A) No per­son, form or cor­po­ra­tion shall con­duct a raf­fle with­out hav­ing first obtained a license therefor.

(B) Each appli­ca­tion for a license shall be in writ­ing upon forms pro­vid­ed by the Coun­ty (agent) through the Coun­ty Clerk and shall con­tain the following:

  1. Name and address of indi­vid­ual mak­ing application;
  2. Name and address of orga­ni­za­tion apply­ing for a license;
  3. Approx­i­mate num­ber of mem­bers of the orga­ni­za­tion that reside in Union Coun­ty and the length of exis­tence of the organization;
  4. Name and address of the raf­fle manager;
  5. The location(s) at which raf­fle chances are to be sold or issued;
  6. The time peri­od dur­ing which raf­fle chances will be sold or issued;
  7. The max­i­mum num­ber of raf­fle chances to be sold;
  8. The time of deter­mi­na­tion of win­ning chances;
  9. The location(s) at which win­ning chances will be determined;
  10. A sworn state­ment, signed by the pre­sid­ing offi­cer, and sec­re­tary if there is one, of the orga­ni­za­tion attest­ing to the not-for-prof­it char­ac­ter of the orga­ni­za­tion, and attest­ing to the fact that the orga­ni­za­tion is not oth­er­wise inel­i­gi­ble to receive a license;
  11. Such oth­er infor­ma­tion as Union Coun­ty may require.

(C) Each appli­ca­tion for a license shall be accom­pa­nied by pay­ment of a fee of Ten Dol­lars ($10.00).

(D) Appli­ca­tion for licens­es shall be sub­mit­ted to the Union Coun­ty Clerk.  The Union Coun­ty Board of Com­mis­sion­ers shall act to either issue or deny the license with­in thir­ty (30) days.

(A) Loca­tion.  Sales of raf­fle chances shall only be sold at the loca­tions des­ig­nat­ed in the license appli­ca­tion and which are with­in the bor­ders of Union Coun­ty but out­side the bor­ders of any municipality.

(B) Eli­gi­bil­i­ty for License.  Licens­es shall be issued only to:

  1. Bona fide reli­gious, char­i­ta­ble, labor, busi­ness, fra­ter­nal, edu­ca­tion­al or vet­er­ans’ orga­ni­za­tions that oper­ate with­out prof­it to their mem­bers and which have been in exis­tence con­tin­u­ous­ly for a peri­od of five (5) years imme­di­ate­ly before mak­ing appli­ca­tion for a license and which have had dur­ing that entire four (4) year peri­od a bona fide mem­ber­ship engaged in car­ry­ing out their objectives.
  2. Non-prof­it fundrais­ing orga­ni­za­tions orga­nized for the sole pur­pose of pro­vid­ing finan­cial assis­tance to an iden­ti­fied indi­vid­ual or group of indi­vid­u­als suf­fer­ing extreme finan­cial hard­ship as the result of ill­ness, dis­abil­i­ty, acci­dent or disaster.

(C) Dura­tion of License.

  1. Licens­es shall per­mit the appli­cant to issue or sell raf­fle chances only for those dates stat­ed in the license appli­ca­tion, but in no event shall the peri­od of sales exceed one (1) cal­en­dar year.
  2. Each license is valid for one (1) raf­fle or a spec­i­fied num­ber of raf­fles to be con­duct­ed dur­ing a spec­i­fied peri­od not to exceed one (1) year.

(D) Max­i­mum Val­ue of Prizes.

  1. The aggre­gate retail val­ue of all prizes or mer­chan­dise award­ed by a licensee in a sin­gle raf­fle shall not exceed Two Hun­dred Fifty Thou­sand Dol­lars ($250,000.00).
  2. The retail val­ue of each indi­vid­ual prize award­ed by a licensee in a sin­gle raf­fle shall not exceed Two Hun­dred Fifty Thou­sand Dol­lars ($250,000.00).

(E) Price of Chances.  The price charged for each raf­fle chance sold or issued shall not exceed Two Hun­dred Fifty Dol­lars ($250.00).

For the pur­pose of this Arti­cle the fol­low­ing words and phras­es shall have the mean­ings giv­en them:

(A) “Busi­ness” means a vol­un­tary orga­ni­za­tion com­posed of indi­vid­u­als and busi­ness­es who have joined togeth­er to advance the com­mer­cial, finan­cial, indus­tri­al and civic inter­ests of the community.

(B) “Char­i­ta­ble” means an orga­ni­za­tion or insti­tu­tion orga­nized and oper­at­ed to ben­e­fit an indef­i­nite num­ber of the pub­lic.  The ser­vice ren­dered to those eli­gi­ble for ben­e­fits must also con­fer some ben­e­fit on the public.

(C) “Edu­ca­tion­al” means an orga­ni­za­tion or insti­tu­tion orga­nized and oper­at­ed to pro­vide sys­tem­at­ic instruc­tion in use­ful branch­es of learn­ing by meth­ods com­mon to schools and insti­tu­tions of learn­ing which com­pare favor­ably in their scope and inten­si­ty with the course of study pre­sent­ed in tax-sup­­­port­ed schools.

(D) “Fra­ter­nal” means an orga­ni­za­tion of per­sons hav­ing a com­mon inter­est, the pri­ma­ry inter­est of which is to both pro­mote the wel­fare of its mem­bers and to pro­vide assis­tance to the gen­er­al pub­lic in such a way as to lessen the bur­dens of gov­ern­ment by car­ing for those that oth­er­wise would be cared for by the government.

(E) “Labor” means an orga­ni­za­tion com­posed of work­ers orga­nized with the objec­tive of bet­ter­ment of the con­di­tions of those engaged in such pur­suit and the devel­op­ment of a high­er degree of effi­cien­cy in their respec­tive occupations.

(F) “Net Pro­ceeds” means the gross receipts from the con­duct of raf­fles, less rea­son­able sums expend­ed for prizes, local license fees and oth­er rea­son­able oper­at­ing expens­es incurred as a result of oper­at­ing a raffle.

(G) “Non­prof­it” means an orga­ni­za­tion or insti­tu­tion orga­nized and con­duct­ed on a not-for-prof­it basis with no per­son­al prof­it inur­ing to any­one as a result of the operation.

(H) “Raf­fle” means a form of lot­tery, as defined in Sec­tion 28–2(b) of the “Illi­nois Crim­i­nal Code of 1961”, con­duct­ed by an orga­ni­za­tion licensed under this Arti­cle in which:

  1. the play­er pays or agrees to pay some­thing of val­ue for a chance, rep­re­sent­ed and dif­fer­en­ti­at­ed by a num­ber or by a com­bi­na­tion of num­bers or by some oth­er medi­um, one or more of which chances is to be des­ig­nat­ed the win­ning chance;
  2. the win­ning chance is to be deter­mined through a draw­ing or by some oth­er method based on an ele­ment of chance by an act or set of acts on the part of per­sons con­duct­ing or con­nect­ed with the lot­tery, except that the win­ning chance shall not be deter­mined by the out­come of a pub­licly exhib­it­ed sport­ing contest.

(I) “Reli­gious” means any church, con­gre­ga­tion, soci­ety, or orga­ni­za­tion found­ed for the pur­pose of reli­gious worship.

(J) “Vet­er­ans” means an orga­ni­za­tion or asso­ci­a­tion com­prised of mem­bers of which sub­stan­tial­ly all are indi­vid­u­als who are vet­er­ans or spous­es, wid­ows or wid­ow­ers of vet­er­ans, the pri­ma­ry pur­pose of which is to pro­mote the wel­fare of its mem­bers and to pro­vide assis­tance to the gen­er­al pub­lic in such a way as to con­fer a pub­lic benefit.