Like many jurisdictions, Illinois has some arguably strange laws on the books — some of which you may even be violating right now.
Whether you want to make sure you’re not violating any little-known provision or simply searching for bits of trivia to impress your friends, read on to learn about 11 things you may not know are illegal in Illinois. For additional information on personal injury matters in Illinois cities look here.
1. Maintaining a stable in un-wholesome condition.
In Chicago, horse stables must kept “clean and wholesome.” That’s right, folks! No un-wholesome stables allowed in the Windy City.
2. Giving lit cigars to dogs.
In Zion, no one may lawfully give a dog, cat, or any other domesticated animal a lighted cigar. You’re probably wondering whether it’s OK to give them an unlit cigar or even a cigarette, whether lit or not. Neither appears to run afoul of the law, but we still advise against that. Tobacco is toxic to many animals, including dogs and cats.
3. Keeping dirty dogs.
The city of Galesburg doesn’t have anything against dogs in general — only the stinky ones. To be fair, this law covers all animals, including poultry and fowl, and prohibits owners from disturbing or inconveniencing others by their “noise, odor or other cause.”
In related news, if you’re considering opening a dog grooming business, maybe consider Galesburg?
4. Making silly faces at dogs.
Stick your tongue out at a dog in the town of Normal, and you’ll be violating the ordinance that prohibits making faces at our canine companions. No word on whether saying “Who’s a good boy?” repeatedly while shaking your head back and forth counts as a “face.”
5. Drinking under the age of 21 unless . . .
You are enrolled in culinary school. Accordingly, if you are under 21 and enrolled in culinary school, cheers!
6. Furnishing whiskey to dogs.
Chicago dogs may apparently enjoy beer, rum, and other alcoholic beverages, but whiskey is off-limits. Again, we recommend not giving any alcohol to your pets as it can cause them great harm.
7. Hang fuzzy dice from your rearview mirror.
This one maybe isn’t as odd as some others because it does have a basis in safety, but the Illinois Traffic Code requires that windshields be “unobstructed and equipped with wipers.” Technically, this provision could mean the prohibition of anything and everything from rosary beads to tree-shaped air fresheners – and yes, the classic fuzzy dice – and also may give police officers a legitimate reason to pull you over for a traffic stop.
8. Have sexual intercourse with a corpse.
OK, so you’re unlikely to be violating this one right now, but let’s just put the prohibition of sex with a dead body in the “good to know” basket and move on.
9. Mispronounce “Joliet.”
Larry Yellen of Fox 32 Chicago learned the hard way that the fine citizens of Joliet do not appreciate their city’s name being pronounced as “JOLLY-et.” Say it with us now: “JOE-lee-et.” And no one will have to pay a fine.
10. Use a steam shovel on the weekend.
In Willmette, you may not use a “pile driver, steam shovel, pneumatic hammer, derrick, steam or electric hoist or other related piece of equipment, the use of which is attended by loud or unusual noise, except in case of urgent necessity as determined by the Village Engineer” on the weekends.
If you can’t get that noisy work done during the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays, you’re could be facing legal issues.
11. Riding fancy on your bike.
In Mendota, “[n]o rider of a bicycle shall remove both hands from the handlebars, or feet from the pedals, or practice any acrobatic or fancy riding on any street.” You hear that? No fancy, acrobatic riding in Mendota.
If you’ve been accused of violating a local ordinance or state law—whether you find it weird or not—give us a call at (888) 424-5757 or send us a message and let us help you through the process.