The Ogle County Board  in northern Illinois has rejected a proposal that would have required tobacco retailers to obtain a secondary license to do business in their jurisdiction.

The board voted 13-9 against the idea, with two members absent. Had it have passed, retailers would have had to pay $100 annually for the license, with the money used to fund compliance checks to ensure that retailers aren’t selling to minors.

Only one city in the county, Byron, currently has an additional license required for tobacco retailers, according to The state of Illinois currently does not require a separate license to sell tobacco products, though that will change on Jan. 1, 2016 when the state will require retailers to obtain a license for $75 per year.


Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.