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Solicitor Ordinance
874.01 Definitions
  • Registered Solicitor means and includes any person who has obtained a valid certificate of registration, as described in this chapter. The certificate must be in the possession of the solicitor and/or on his or her person while engaged in soliciting.
  • Residence means and includes every living unit occupied for residential purposes by any one or more persons, contained within any type of building or structure.
  • Soliciting means and includes any one or more of the following activities:
    • Seeking to obtain orders for the purchase of goods, wares, merchandise, foodstuffs or services of any kind, character or description whatsoever, for any kind of consideration whatsoever
    • Seeking to obtain prospective customers for the application for or purchase of insurance of any type, kind or character
    • Seeking to obtain subscriptions to books, magazines, periodicals, newspapers and every other type of publication
    • Seeking to obtain gifts or contributions of money, clothing or any other valuable thing for the support or benefit of any charity or association, organization, corporation or project.

874.02 Certificate of Registration Required
Every person desiring to engage in soliciting, as defined in Section 874.01, from residences within the Village is required to make written application for a certificate of registration as described in Section 874.03.

874.03 Certificate of Registration Applications 
  • Application for a certificate of registration shall be made upon a form provided by the Chief of Police of the Village, and shall be filed with the Chief of Police. The applicant shall truthfully state in full the information requested on the application, such as:
    • The applicant's name, the address of his or her present place of residence and the length of residence at such address; also, the applicant's business address, if it is different than his or her residence address, and his or her social security number;
    • The address of the applicant's place of residence during the past three years, if other than his or her present address; 
    • The age of the applicant; 
    • A physical description of the applicant; 
    • The name and address of the person, firm, corporation or association whom the applicant is employed by or represents, and the length of time of such employment or representation; 
    • Whether or not the person, firm, corporation or association whom the applicant is employed by or represents is subject to an act entitled "An Act to Regulate Solicitation and Collection of Funds for Charitable Purposes, Providing the Violations Thereof, and Making an Appropriation Therefor" (The applicant shall produce certification by the Attorney General of the State of Illinois that his or her employer has complied with Illinois Statutes. 
    • The name and address of the applicant's employer during the past three years, if other than the present employer; 
    • A description, sufficient for identification of the subject matter, of the soliciting which the applicant will engage in; 
    • The period of time for which the certificate is being applied for;
    • The date, or approximate date, of the latest previous application for a certificate under this section, if any; 
    • A statement as to whether a certificate of registration issued to the applicant under this section has ever been revoked; 
    • A statement as to whether the applicant has ever been convicted of the commission of a felony under the laws of the State of Illinois or any other state or Federal law of the United States; and 
    • Any such additional information as the Chief of Police may deem necessary to process the application.
  • All statements made by the applicant upon the application shall be under oath.
  • The Chief of Police shall keep in his or her office an accurate record of every application received and acted upon, together with all other information and data pertaining thereto, and all certificates of registration issued under the provisions of this chapter, together with a record of the denial of any such applications. Applications for certificates shall be numbered in consecutive order as filed, and every certificate issued, and any renewal thereof, shall be identified with the duplicate number of the application upon which it was issued.
  • No certificate of registration shall be issued to any person who has been convicted of the commission of a felony within five years of the date of the application, nor to any person who has been convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter, nor to any person whose certificate of registration issued under this chapter has previously been revoked.

874.04 Denial or Issuance of Certificate; Revocation; Fee
  • The Chief of Police, after consideration of the application and all other relative information, shall deny the application if the applicant does not possess the qualifications for such certificate, and if the issuance of a certificate of registration to the applicant would not be in accord with the intent and purpose of this chapter. Endorsement shall be made by the Chief of Police upon the application or upon the denial of the application. When the applicant is found to be fully qualified, a certificate of registration shall be issued.
  • Any certificate of registration shall be revoked by the Chief of Police if the holder of the certificate is convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter, or if he or she has made a false material statement in the application or otherwise becomes disqualified for the issuance of a certificate of registration under the terms of this chapter. Immediately upon such revocation, written notice shall be given by the Chief of Police to the holder of the certificate, in person or by certified U.S. Mail addressed to such holder's residence address as set forth in the application.
  • Immediately upon the giving of such notice, the certificate of registration shall become null and void.
  • The certificate of registration shall state the effective date and expiration date, and the applicant, at the time of the issuance of said certificate, shall pay the sum of $25.00 per month or $5.00 per day for each day within and including such dates.

874.05 Occupants to Determine Status of Solicitors as Invitees
The occupant or occupants of the residences in this municipality shall make the determination as to whether solicitors shall be, or shall not be, invited to their respective residences.

874.06 Posting of Notice Prohibiting Solicitation
Notice of an invitation to solicitors, to any residence, shall be given in the following manner:
  • A weatherproof card, approximately three inches by four inches in size, shall be exhibited upon or near the main entrance door of the residence, indicating such determination by the occupant, as follows: "NO SOLICITORS INVITED" The letters shall be at least one-third of an inch in height. For the purpose of uniformity, the cards shall be provided by the Chief of Police, at the cost thereof.
  • Such card so exhibited shall constitute sufficient notice to any solicitor of the determination by the occupant of the residence.

874.07 Compliance with Notice Required; Duty to Depart from Premises
It shall be the duty of every solicitor, upon approaching any residence, to be governed by the statement contained on the notice described in Section 874.06. If a notice is posted, a solicitor shall immediately and peacefully depart from the premises.

Any solicitor who has gained entrance to any residence, whether invited or not, shall immediately and peacefully depart from the premises where requested to do so by the occupant.

874.08 Uninvited Soliciting Prohibited
It is unlawful for any person o go upon any premises and ring the doorbell upon or near any door, or create any sound in any other manner calculated to attract the attention of the occupant of such residence, for the purpose of securing an audience with the occupant and engaging in soliciting as defined in Section 874.01, in defiance of the notice exhibited at the residence in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. Such actions shall constitute a trespass and a nuisance.

874.09 Hours of Soliciting
It is unlawful for any person, whether registered under this chapter or not, to go upon any premises and ring the doorbell upon or near any door of a residence, or rap or knock upon any door, or create any sound in any other manner calculated to attract the attention of the occupant of such residence, for the purpose of securing an audience with the occupant and engaging in soliciting as defined in Section 874.01, prior to 9:00 a.m. or after 9:00 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, or at any time on a Sunday or national holiday. Such actions shall constitute a trespass and a nuisance.