There's been a lot of questions about the legality of The Alabama Rig and the many knockoffs of multi-lure presentations--hottest things at the outdoors shows this winter--in Illinois.
I meant to post this before. The IDNR sent this response when I asked earlier this month for a clarification:
The standard answer to the legality of this rig in Illinois waters is that it is legal except if used on those bodies of water that have a 2 pole and line only limitation. On these waters, only 2 hooks or lures may be used per line. The Alabama rig uses 5 hooked lures, thus making it illegal unless only 2 hooked lures are used on the rig.
If the Alabama rig or any other similar variation is used for trolling, then only 2 hooked lures can be used in order to comply with the trolling law (515 ILCS5/10-130) which states "It shall be unlawful for any individual to troll for fish with more than 3 poles and lines with no more than 2 hooks of 2 lures attached to each device."
I find it fascinating how many versions I have seen already just two weeks into the winter show season around Chicago outdoors.