Have you ever been pulled over, given a ticket, or cited for something you didn’t even know was a law? Or, better yet, have you ever been watching a show that made you giggle or grimace because somebody was arrested and charged for a strange ordinance that seemed made up?
After much amusement and frustration, I decided to look up some of these questionable ordinances. So, I am going to bring to you some of the funniest and dumbest laws still in place in the lovely state of Illinois today. Whether these make you laugh, frown, or cry you are sure to learn something!
#5: In the city of Champaign, the law states one may not pee in his neighbor’s mouth. At first I thought, “Oh really? Like we couldn’t figure this out on or own?” But then I remembered that Champaign is a college town, so you never really know…
#4: In Chicago, the law forbids people to eat in a place that is on fire. That must be for those folks out there who were pondering running into a burning building to roast marshmallows and whatnot! Also, all businesses entering into contracts with the city must go through all their records and report any business they had dealing with slaves during the era of slavery. It may be a valid law, but the only problem is: Who started a business during the slavery era that still remains today? I’m going to go out on a limb and say nobody.
#3: It’s prohibited to hum on public streets on Sundays in Cicero. You’d better keep your catchy tunes to yourself around those parts!
#2: Anyone out there who resides in the city of Collinsville, Illinois? Please be aware that it is illegal to wear sagging pants. The actual text of the law states, “Pants are required to be secured at the waist to prevent the pants from falling more than 3 inches below the hips; causing exposure to the person or the person’s undergarments.” This ordinance only applies to pants worn on public property, but violators are fined $100 and required to perform community service. For anyone wanting to be a daredevil and break the ordinance again, the fine raises to $300 as well as racking up additional community service.
#1: All of these are odd, but I would have to say my favorite senseless law in the state of Illinois belongs to the city of Joliet. If you’re a little hesitant to pronounce the name, it is to be said as Joliet (Joe-lee-ETTE). Be careful when you visit, though, because mispronouncing the city name as (Jolly-ETTE) is a misdemeanor in Joliet, and also punishable by a $5 fine.
These are only a few of the “WTF” laws still in place today in the state of Illinois. I can only imagine the laws and ordinances that are in place in the other 49 states! It’s amazing what some officials and law makers put on the books years ago and forgot all about. So, the next time you are driving through any of these towns, or in Illinois in general, be extra careful because you never know which bizarre laws you may be breaking!
Which of these laws surprised you the most? Are there more bizarre laws that you’ve heard of?