Proposed Changes to Chicago Public Urination Violations

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Proposed City of Chicago 8-4-081 Public urination or defecation ordinance with changes.

No person shall urinate or defecate on the public way, or on any outdoor public property, or on any outdoor, private property. Any person who violates this section and shall be fined not less than $100.00 nor more than $500.00 or shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than five days nor more than ten days; or by both such fine and imprisonment: provided, however, any person who violates this section while within 800 feet of a parade route which is not open to traffic shall be fined not less than $500.00 nor more than $1.000.00 or shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than five days nor more than ten days or by both such fine and imprisonment. For purposes of this section, the term "parade" has the meaning ascribed to the term in Section 10-8-330 of this Code. This ordinance shall not apply to use of a temporary or permanent structure or enclosure erected outdoors for use as a toilet

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Overwhelming City & Law Enforcement Support

Fraternal Order of Police President (Chicago), Mike Shields: "There are people who have no intention of ever paying. These offenders really don't care about their credit rating. But, they will care when the police start locking them up." Chicago Police Deputy chief of patrol Steve Georgas: "This sort of unchecked behavior will then lead to further disorder and can ultimately lead to other crimes such as solicitation, narcotics sales and gang loitering. That is why it is imperative that we enforce these quality of life issues that are being ignored, so offenders realize their behavior will not be accepted."

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* Quotes taken from Chicago Sun Times Article: Mayor targets drinking, gambling and urinating on the public way (April 4th, 2013), FRAN SPIELMAN.

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