Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Article I - Generally

(A) Uphol­stered or oth­er fur­ni­ture designed or man­u­fac­tured pri­mar­i­ly for indoor use shall not be used or allowed to remain:

  • on unen­closed exte­ri­or porch­es or balconies;
  • in an open area on pri­vate prop­er­ty exposed to out­door weath­er conditions.

(B) It shall not be a defense to said pro­hi­bi­tion that such fur­ni­ture is cov­ered by plas­tic cov­er, or oth­er tar­pau­lin, can­vas or sheeting.

(C) This pro­hi­bi­tion shall not apply to the following:

  • wood, met­al, or plas­tic furniture;
  • out­door patio fur­ni­ture with weath­­­er-resis­­­tant cushions;
  • uphol­stered fur­ni­ture des­ig­nat­ed for pre­paid spe­cial pick­up or deliv­ery by pub­lic or pri­vate hauler, pro­vid­ed that such remain out­doors for a peri­od not to exceed sev­en­­­ty-two (72) hours.

It shall be unlaw­ful for a per­son to vio­late any of the fol­low­ing pro­vi­sions of this Section:

(A) Engag­ing in any loud protest of sign­ing, chant­i­ng, whistling or yelling with, or with­out, noise ampli­fi­ca­tion includ­ing but not lim­it­ed to bull­horns, auto horns and micro­phones with­in three hun­dred (300) feet of any entrance of a facil­i­ty being used for a funer­al or memo­r­i­al ser­vice at any time dur­ing the peri­od start­ing thir­ty (30) min­utes before any funer­al or memo­r­i­al ser­vice is sched­uled to begin and end­ing thir­ty (30) min­utes after the funer­al or memo­r­i­al ser­vice ter­mi­nates; or

(B) Dis­play­ing any visu­al images that con­vey fight­ing words, actu­al or veiled threats against any oth­er per­son with­in three hun­dred (300) feet of any entrance of a facil­i­ty being used for a funer­al or memo­r­i­al ser­vice at any time dur­ing the peri­od start­ing thir­ty (30) min­utes before any funer­al or memo­r­i­al ser­vice is sched­uled to begin and end­ing thir­ty (30) min­utes after the funer­al or memo­r­i­al ser­vice ter­mi­nates; or

(C) Block­ing access to any facil­i­ty being used for a funer­al or memo­r­i­al ser­vice at any time dur­ing the peri­od start­ing thir­ty (30) min­utes before any funer­al or memo­r­i­al ser­vice is sched­uled to begin and end­ing thir­ty (30) min­utes after the funer­al or memo­r­i­al ser­vice ter­mi­nates; or

(D) End­ing in a direct­ed protest march or pick­et at any pub­lic loca­tion with­in three hun­dred (300) feet of any entrance of a facil­i­ty being used for a funer­al or memo­r­i­al ser­vice at any time dur­ing the peri­od start­ing thir­ty (30) min­utes before any funer­al or memo­r­i­al ser­vice is sched­uled to begin and end­ing thir­ty (30) min­utes after the funer­al or memo­r­i­al ser­vice terminates.

(A) Def­i­n­i­tions.  When­ev­er used in this Section.

  1. Cur­few hours” means: 
    • 11:00 P.M. on any Sun­day, Mon­day, Tues­day, Wednes­day, or Thurs­day until 6:00 A.M. of the fol­low­ing day; and
    • 12:01 A.M. until 6:00 A.M. on Sat­ur­day; and
    • 12:01 A.M. until 6:00 A.M. on Sunday.
  2. Emer­gency” means an unfore­seen com­bi­na­tion of cir­cum­stances or the result­ing state that calls for imme­di­ate action.  The term includes, but is not lim­it­ed to, a fire, a 

    nat­ur­al dis­as­ter, an auto­mo­bile acci­dent, or any sit­u­a­tion requir­ing imme­di­ate action to pre­vent seri­ous bod­i­ly injury or loss of life.
  3. Estab­lish­ment” means any pri­­­vate­­­ly-owned place of busi­ness oper­at­ed for a prof­it to which the pub­lic is invit­ed, includ­ing but not lim­it­ed to, any place of amuse­ment or entertainment.
  4. Guardian” means: 
    • A per­son who, under court order, is the guardian of the per­son of a minor; or
    • A pub­lic or pri­vate agency with whom a minor has been placed by a court.
  5. Minor” means any per­son under eigh­teen (18) years of age.
  6. Oper­a­tor” means any indi­vid­ual, firm, asso­ci­a­tion, part­ner­ship, or cor­po­ra­tion oper­at­ing, man­ag­ing, or con­duct­ing any estab­lish­ment.  The term includes the mem­bers or part­ners of an asso­ci­a­tion or part­ner­ship and the offi­cers of a corporation.
  7. Par­ent” means a per­son who is: 
    • A nat­ur­al par­ent, adop­tive par­ent, or step­par­ent of anoth­er per­son; or
    • At least twen­­­ty-one (21) years of age and autho­rized by a par­ent or guardian to have the care and cus­tody of a minor.
  8. Pub­lic Place” means any place to which the pub­lic or a sub­stan­tial group of the pub­lic has access and includes, but is not lim­it­ed to, streets, high­ways, and the com­mon areas of schools, hos­pi­tals, apart­ment hous­es, office build­ings, trans­port facil­i­ties and shops.
  9. Remain” means to: 
    • linger or stay; or
    • fail to leave premis­es when request­ed to do so by a police offi­cer or the own­er, oper­a­tor or oth­er per­son in con­trol of the premises.
  10. Seri­ous bod­i­ly injury” means bod­i­ly injury that cre­ates a sub­stan­tial risk of death or that caus­es death, seri­ous per­ma­nent dis­fig­ure­ment or pro­tract­ed loss or impair­ment of the func­tion of any bod­i­ly mem­ber or organ.

(B) Offens­es.

  1. A minor com­mits an offense if he remains in any pub­lic place or on the premis­es of any estab­lish­ment with­in the Coun­ty dur­ing cur­few hours.
  2. A par­ent or guardian of a minor com­mits an offense if he know­ing­ly per­mits, or by insuf­fi­cient con­trol allows, the minor to remain in any pub­lic place or on the premis­es of any estab­lish­ment with­in the Coun­ty dur­ing cur­few hours.
  3. The own­er, oper­a­tor or any employ­ee of an estab­lish­ment com­mits an offense if he know­ing­ly allows a minor to remain upon the premis­es of the estab­lish­ment dur­ing cur­few hours.

(C) Defens­es.

  1. It is a defense to pros­e­cu­tion under sub­sec­tion (B) that the minor was: 
    • Accom­pa­nied by the minor’s par­ent or guardian;
    • On an errand at the direc­tion of the minor’s par­ent or guardian, with­out any detour or stop;
    • In a motor vehi­cle involved in inter­state travel;
    • Engaged in an employ­ment activ­i­ty, or going to or return­ing home from an employ­ment activ­i­ty, with­out any detour or stop;
    • Involved in an emergency;
    • On the side­walk abut­ting the minor’s res­i­dence or abut­ting the res­i­dence of a next-door neigh­bor if the neigh­bor did not com­plain to the police depart­ment about the minor’s presence;
    • Attend­ing an offi­cial school, reli­gious, or oth­er recre­ation­al activ­i­ty super­vised by adults and spon­sored by the Coun­ty, a civ­il orga­ni­za­tion, or anoth­er sim­i­lar enti­ty that takes respon­si­bil­i­ty for the minor, or going to or return­ing home from, with­out any detour or stop, an offi­cial school, reli­gious, or oth­er recre­ation­al activ­i­ty super­vised by adults and spon­sored by the Coun­ty, a civic orga­ni­za­tion or anoth­er sim­i­lar enti­ty that takes respon­si­bil­i­ty for the minor;
    • Exer­cis­ing First Amend­ment rights pro­tect­ed by the Unit­ed States Con­sti­tu­tion, such as the free exer­cise or reli­gion, free­dom of speech, and the right of assem­bly; or
    • Mar­ried or had been mar­ried or is an eman­ci­pat­ed minor under the Eman­ci­pa­tion or Mature Minors Act, as amended.
  2. It is a defense to pros­e­cu­tion under sub­sec­tion (B)(3) that the own­er, oper­a­tor, or employ­ee of an estab­lish­ment prompt­ly noti­fied the police depart­ment that a minor was present on the premis­es of the estab­lish­ment dur­ing cur­few hours and refused to leave.

(D) Enforce­ment.  Before tak­ing any enforce­ment action under this Sec­tion, a police offi­cer shall ask the appar­ent offender’s age and rea­son for being in the pub­lic place.  The offi­cer shall not issue a cita­tion or make an arrest under this Sec­tion unless the offi­cer rea­son­ably believes that an offense has occurred and that, based on any response and oth­er cir­cum­stances, no defense in sub­sec­tion (C) is present.  (See 65 ILCS 5/11–1‑5 and 720 ILCS 555/1)


(E)
Penal­ty.  Any per­son or per­sons con­vict­ed of a vio­la­tion of this Sec­tion shall be fined, upon con­vic­tion, not less than:

  1. Fifty Dol­lars ($50.00) for an ini­tial vio­la­tion of this Section;
  2. One Hun­dred Dol­lars ($100.00) for a sec­ond vio­la­tion of this Section;
  3. Two Hun­dred Dol­lars ($200.00) for all sub­se­quent vio­la­tions of this Section.

No per­son shall deposit or cause to be deposit­ed any snow and ice on or against a fire hydrant or on any side­walk, road­way, or load­ing or unload­ing areas of a pub­lic trans­porta­tion sys­tem, except that snow and ice may be windrowed on curbs inci­dent to the clean­ing of side­walks in busi­ness districts.

It shall be unlaw­ful for any per­son occu­py­ing or dri­ving a motor vehi­cle, whether mov­ing or not, to shoot, throw, cast, launch or drop any object, liq­uid or sub­stance at any per­son, ani­mal or struc­ture, where­in the pos­si­bil­i­ty of harm, injury or dam­age may occur as a result of these actions.

The dri­ver and/or all pas­sen­gers shall be, upon con­vic­tion, fined in accor­dance with the pro­vi­sions of the Coun­ty Code and shall be liable for all dam­age, injury or harm caused by the activ­i­ty. 

It shall be unlaw­ful for any per­son to col­lect, obtain, pos­sess or pick­up any recy­clable item(s) from any recep­ta­cle or col­lec­tion point where ser­vice is pro­vid­ed by an autho­rized waste hauler licensed by the munic­i­pal­i­ty or from any spec­i­fied recy­cling cen­ter with­in the Coun­ty lim­its unless said per­son is act­ing as an agent for the Coun­ty or act­ing as an agent for a waste hauler licensed by the County.

It shall be unlaw­ful for any per­son to aban­don or dis­card in any place acces­si­ble to chil­dren any refrig­er­a­tor, ice­box or ice chest, of a capac­i­ty of one and one-half (1 1/2) cubic feet or more, which has an attached lid or door which may be opened or fas­tened shut by means of an attached latch.  The own­er, lessee, or man­ag­er of such place, who know­ing­ly per­mits such aban­doned or dis­card­ed refrig­er­a­tor, ice­box or ice chest to remain there in such con­di­tion, shall be guilty of vio­lat­ing this Code.  (See 720 ILCS Sec. 505/1) 

No per­son shall, upon any Coun­ty road, fly any kite or play any game of ball or engage in any amuse­ment or prac­tice hav­ing a ten­den­cy to injure or annoy any per­son pass­ing in the streets or on the side­walks. 

It shall be unlaw­ful for any per­son to paste, post, paint, print or nail any hand­bill, sign, poster, adver­tise­ment, or notice of any kind on any curb­stone, flag­stone, or any oth­er por­tion or part of any side­walk, or upon any tree, lamp­post, util­i­ty pole, hydrant, or upon any pri­vate wall, door, or gate with­out the con­sent, in writ­ing, of the own­er of the wall, door or gate; pro­vid­ed, how­ev­er, that this Sec­tion shall not pre­vent post­ing by prop­er Coun­ty and Coun­ty offi­cials of elec­tion signs, polling place signs and oth­er signs or plac­ards nec­es­sary under the law to the con­duct of elec­tions, except they may not be attached to a tree.

It shall be unlaw­ful for any per­son, in any way or man­ner, to aid, abet, coun­sel, advise or encour­age any oth­er per­son in the com­mis­sion of any of the acts men­tioned here­in or in any man­ner encour­age the com­mis­sion of such offense here­by defined.

It shall be unlaw­ful for any per­son to rent, use, or allow to be used, any build­ing or prop­er­ty owned by him, for any pur­pose where­by riotous or dis­or­der­ly per­sons are gathered.

It shall be unlaw­ful to res­cue or attempt to res­cue or shall abet or encour­age the res­cue or escape of any per­son from the cus­tody of any offi­cer or oth­er per­son legal­ly hav­ing him in charge, or shall molest or inter­fere with any offi­cer or oth­er per­son so legal­ly hav­ing him in charge, or shall, in any man­ner, aid, abet or encour­age the res­cue or the attempt to escape from any per­son legal­ly com­mit­ted there­to, or shall sup­ply or attempt to sup­ply any such per­son with any weapon or with any imple­ment or means where­by an escape might be affect­ed, or with any intox­i­cat­ing liquors, drugs or oth­er article(s) with­out the con­sent of the offi­cer in charge. (See 720 ILCS Sec. 5/31–7)

(A) Def­i­n­i­tion.  For the pur­pos­es of this Sec­tion, the term “smoke­less tobac­co” means any fine­ly cut, ground, pow­dered, or leaf tobac­co that is intend­ed to be placed in the oral cavity.

(B) Sales of Smoke­less Tobac­co Prod­ucts to Per­sons Under Eigh­teen (18).  No per­son shall sell any smoke­less tobac­co prod­uct to any per­son under the age of eigh­teen (18).

(C) Dis­tri­b­u­tion.  No per­son shall dis­trib­ute or cause to be dis­trib­uted to any per­son under the age of eigh­teen (18), with­out charge or at a nom­i­nal cost, any smoke­less tobac­co prod­uct.  (See 720 ILCS Sec. 680–1 et seq.) 

No minor under eigh­teen (18) years of age shall buy any cig­ar, cig­a­rette, smoke­less tobac­co or tobac­co in any of its forms.  No per­son shall sell, buy for, dis­trib­ute sam­ples of or fur­nish any cig­ar, cig­a­rette, smoke­less tobac­co or tobac­co in any of its forms, to any minor under eigh­teen (18) years of age.

For the pur­pose of this Sec­tion, “smoke­less tobac­co” is defined in Sec­tion 26–1‑2(A).

(A) Tobac­co prod­ucts list­ed above may be sold through a vend­ing machine only in the fol­low­ing locations:

  1. Fac­to­ries, busi­ness­es, office, pri­vate clubs, and oth­er places not open to the gen­er­al public.
  2. Places to which minors under eigh­teen (18) years of age are not per­mit­ted access.
  3. Places where alco­holic bev­er­ages are sold and con­sumed on the premises.
  4. Places where the vend­ing machine is under the direct super­vi­sion of the own­er of the estab­lish­ment or an employ­ee over eigh­teen (18) years of age.  The sale of tobac­co prod­ucts from a vend­ing machine under direct super­vi­sion of the own­er or an employ­ee of the estab­lish­ment is con­sid­ered a sale of tobac­co prod­ucts by that per­son.  As used in this Sec­tion, “direct super­vi­sion” means that the own­er or employ­ee has an unim­ped­ed line of sight to the vend­ing machine.
  5. Places where the vend­ing machine can only be oper­at­ed by the own­er or an employ­ee over age eigh­teen (18) either direct­ly or through a remote con­trol device if the device is inac­ces­si­ble to all customers.

(See 720 ILCS Sec. 675/1)