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Business Owners: Secure a Proper Business License, the ISBA Warns

Question:  Can a business owner be arrested for failing to have the proper business licenses? Answer:  Under state law, a business owner who operates his or her business without the proper license can be charged with committing a felony and even arrested. Most violators, however, are ticketed and required to pay a fine.     For more information about Illinois law, visit  If you have a legal question, send it to Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit

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