New Illinois law requires photo ID to purchase over-the-counter drain cleaner

If you want the plain-old Drano, you don’t need an ID. But if you want to buy the heavy-duty stuff at Home Depot or your local Ace Hardware store, you’ll have to show a photo ID. Your name, address, birth date, time and date of purchase, as well as the net weight of the product purchased will be recorded in a log.

Apparently someone threw drain cleaner at two Chicago women recently, severely scaring their faces. The legislature had to do something of course, and came up with this feel good legislation that will do absolutely nothing to keep some idiot from doing the same thing in the future.

One True Value store owner estimated there was about 30 products they have for sale that fall under the new requirement. From CBS News in Chicago.

A new state law requires those who buy industrial drain cleaners and other caustic substances to provide photo identification and sign a log. …

The law, which took effect Sunday, requires those who seek to buy caustic or noxious substances, except for batteries, to provide government-issued photo identification that shows their name and date of birth. The cashier then must log the name and address, the date and time of the purchase, the type of product, the brand and even the net weight. …

Non-compliance results in fines: $150 for the first offense, $500 for the second and up to $1,500 for the third and subsequent violations.

I ask one question of the women in Chicago. Do you feel safer now that the legislature has done something?


21 replies
    • Steve M
      Steve M says:

      More people in Chicago have been attacked by baseball bats than drain cleaner. Shall we mandate bats be purchased only by adults over 21 and collect their name and address too?

      • Lynn
        Lynn says:

        Ha, Ha, Ha, Hey Steve, any statistics about Chicago? Cubs who hit home runs out of Wrigley Field and they bean passersby. Maybe we should ban professional baseball from Illinois.

  1. GdavidH
    GdavidH says:

    Maybe we should require photo ID to vote. That would make it easier to identify and apprehend the “perps” of voter fraud.

    Oh sorry… wrong story.?

  2. Eric
    Eric says:

    So now we’re going to disenfranchise Illinois shoppers who want to buy drain cleaner. ?It’s not fair, I tell you! ?It’s not fair…

    • GdavidH
      GdavidH says:

      ?Call in the TSA or homeland security. Seriously….what kind of person is going to get to that “third” violation?

      From the story….
      “Non-compliance results in fines: $150 for the first offense, $500 for the second and up to $1,500 for the third and subsequent violations.”

  3. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    I mourn for all the poor minorities that won’t be able to buy drain cleaner!? Is there no end to the indignities they must bear?

  4. Linda Mae
    Linda Mae says:

    Well – House speakers recently said it was very rare to have any voter fraud – Right!
    You need a photo ID to take your GED test;, sign up for a library card, get a store charge card, what else???? BUT – we are robbing people of their right to vote by requiring a photo ID.? What fools they think we are!

  5. winnie
    winnie says:

    Oh, dear God…I go away for a few weeks (oh, not reeeeally away–certainly not a vacation) and I come back to this nonsense?? Illinois is the gift of stupidity that keeps on giving.? Why doesn’t the legislature just call it what it is?? A TAX on drain cleaner.? Didn’t IL just raise taxes some ridiculous percentage over the past year?? Who all is gonna be enforcing these hand written log books?? Hmmmmmm?? Maybe more state gubmint workers?
    This totally disenfranchises people with Munchausen Syndrome who want to garnish their child’s food with drain cleaner.

  6. JBS
    JBS says:

    Good Grief! Feel good gun legislation has come to drain cleaner.
    No, I don’t feel safer. We have a bantam rooster of a governor in CT who doesn’t need any ideas.
    Drain cleaner today, what will they legislate against tomorrow? To think that the ILL (I like that) state legislature spent time passing this when they could have been doing something important . . . d’huh, pardon me. We are so lucky to have a part-time legislature.
    How about having to present a driver’s license EVERY time a person buys a pack of cigarettes? Name, address, etc. Might cut into teen smoking? How about the same thing for buying the matches or a lighter? Gasoline?
    Gads! What else will the nanny state try to control?
    Psssst! Hey, buddy, over here in the dark alley. Wanna buy some drain cleaner?

    • johnboy111
      johnboy111 says:

      I am in my 50’s..went to west Hartford to cvs..was asked for my drivers license to purchase a pack of smokes…oh by the way nice solar powered trash compactor on the sidewalk????

      • Lynn
        Lynn says:

        Johnboy, You better stop smoking or they will exempt you from Obamacare. On second thought, maybe you have the right idea.

  7. SeeingRed
    SeeingRed says:

    Try and demand a government issued ID to vote in Chicago…no, no, no!?

    D oes this mean that Hispanics will be up in arms over the Democrats obvious hatred and discrimination of them?? Where is La Raza??!!

  8. NH-Jim
    NH-Jim says:

    So, what extension of this stupid law will come next?? Let me see…
    If someone crosses the state line from Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa, Michigan or Wisconsin with drain cleaner in their trunk, is he/she in possession of a controlled substance?? Will he/she be subject to the face-down, spread-eagle pat-down & restraint on the pavement of I-80 or I-74? by Illinois’ finest?….
    What’s that…….?
    Oooops, I just found a loophole in their law, pardon me.

  9. American Bear
    American Bear says:

    As though there will be a rash of illegal drain cleanings….Break ins all over the state! Bandits whose sole goal in life is to break into homes and clean your drains!!!! I can see the car chases on MSNBC, As Illinois State Troopers engage in vehicle to vehicle combat: Shots are fired at the fiend ……In turn he uses a super soaker to return fire…..For the love of god….where is the humanity!!!!! And barring humanity folks, Where is the intelligence.

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