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No Soliciting


A. Hours: No person, while conducting the activities of a peddler or solicitor, whether licensed or unlicensed, shall enter upon any private property, knock on doors, or otherwise disturb persons in their residences between the hours of eight o’clock (8:00) P.M. and nine o’clock (9:00) A.M.

B. Noise: No peddler, solicitor, itinerant merchant or canvasser shall carry on his trade by means of loud outcries or other noises that unreasonably alarm residents of the village.

C. Rights Maintained: No provision of this chapter shall be construed so as to deprive any person of his right of freedom of religion or freedom of speech as guaranteed by the constitution of the state of Illinois or the constitution of the United States or as any infringement upon businesses engaged in interstate commerce. (1999 Code § 6.03)

D. Uninvited Peddling And Soliciting:

1. Notice Requirements: It shall be unlawful for any person to enter upon any property of another in the village after receiving, immediately prior to such entry, notice from the owner or occupant that such entry is forbidden, or to remain upon the property of another after receiving notice from the owner or occupant to depart. A person shall be deemed to have received notice from the owner or occupant within the meaning of this subsection if he has been notified personally, either orally or in writing, or if a printed or written notice forbidding such entry has been conspicuously posted at the main entrance to said property or the forbidden part thereof. The owner or occupant of any residence who desires to forbid trespasses by solicitors or peddlers, or unlicensed solicitors and peddlers, may attach or exhibit upon or near the main front door, and the main rear or side door (if any and if to be protected), a card or plaque stating such of the following as may be appropriate, in letters at least one-third inch (1/3“) in height:

Solicitors and Peddlers Prohibited


Solicitors and Peddlers Prohibited unless
Registered with the Village

2. Violations: Any person soliciting or peddling who is forbidden entry by a notice given in compliance with this subsection shall be deemed guilty of remaining on the property after receiving notice to depart if he shall ring the doorbell or knock or create any sound calculated to attract the attention of the occupant.

3. Exemptions: Notices exhibited pursuant to this subsection shall not be deemed applicable to and shall not prevent access to residential property by a solicitor or peddler who has received prior invitation, written or oral, from the owner or occupant thereof. (2005 Code)


***Call the Police Department or Village Hall to find out if someone at your door is registered with the village!


Village Hall (815) 264-3652 / Police Department Non Emergency (815) 264-3574

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