Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Article VI - Solicitors

All per­sons solic­it­ing inside the cor­po­rate lim­its of a munic­i­pal­i­ty sub­ject to the pro­vi­sions of that munic­i­pal­i­ty are exempt from the pro­vi­sions of this Article.

Each approved reg­is­tered solic­i­tor shall pay to the Coun­ty Clerk a dai­ly fee of Twen­ty Dol­lars ($20.00), or an annu­al fee of One Hun­dred Dol­lars ($100.00); the fee being per­son­able, not trans­fer­able, and not refund­able.  The stat­ed fee shall not be reduced if less than an annu­al peri­od of reg­is­tra­tion is involved.

No solic­it­ing as defined here­in shall be con­duct­ed with­in the Coun­ty pri­or to 9:00 A.M. or after 4:00 P.M. of any week day, or at any time on a Sun­day, or a State or Nation­al holiday.

It is here­by declared to be unlaw­ful and shall con­sti­tute a nui­sance for any per­son to go upon any premis­es and ring the door bell, to knock, or make any sounds cal­cu­lat­ed to attract the atten­tion of the occupant(s) of such res­i­dence, for the pur­pose of secur­ing an audi­ence with the occupant(s) there­of, and engage in solic­it­ing is here­in defined in defi­ance of any notice vis­i­bly exhib­it­ed, post­ed or dis­played any­where on the res­i­dence stat­ing in man­ner of wordage that solic­it­ing is not permitted.

Any reg­is­tered solic­i­tor who has gained access or entrance to any res­i­dence, invit­ed or not, shall imme­di­ate­ly pro­duce his cer­tifi­cate of reg­is­tra­tion card when so request­ed, and shall imme­di­ate­ly and peace­ful­ly depart from those premis­es when request­ed to do so by any occupant(s) there­of.  No solic­i­tor shall solic­it for any oth­er pur­pose than that which is specif­i­cal­ly shown on his or her application.

The annu­al expi­ra­tion date of all cer­tifi­cates of reg­is­tra­tion shall be the first (1st) day of Jan­u­ary of each year, regard­less of when issued.

The Coun­ty Clerk after con­sid­er­a­tion of the appli­ca­tion, infor­ma­tion obtained rel­a­tive there­to, and pay­ment of the fee pre­scribed in Sec­tion 7–6‑10 here­of, shall issue a reg­is­tra­tion cer­tifi­cate card to appli­cant, or may deny the appli­ca­tion.  The Coun­ty Clerk may upon review­ing an appli­ca­tion pro­vide the Sher­iff a copy of same who shall inves­ti­gate the busi­ness char­ac­ter of the appli­cant and sub­mit a report to the Coun­ty Clerk with­in ten (10) days of receipt.  Any cer­tifi­cate of reg­is­tra­tion issued here­un­der may be revoked by the Coun­ty Clerk, if the cer­tifi­cate hold­er is con­vict­ed of a vio­la­tion of any pro­vi­sion of this Chap­ter or any oth­er ordi­nance of this Coun­ty, or of any State or Fed­er­al law, or has made a false mate­r­i­al state­ment in his appli­ca­tion.  To revoke a cer­tifi­cate, the Coun­ty Clerk shall mail by cer­ti­fied or reg­is­tered mail to cer­tifi­cate holder’s last address shown in his or her appli­ca­tion a let­ter stat­ing cer­tifi­cate is revoked and rea­sons there­fore.  The date of mail­ing of this notice shall deter­mine the date that the cer­tifi­cate is null and void.

Appli­ca­tion for a Cer­tifi­cate of Reg­is­tra­tion shall be made upon a form pro­vid­ed by the Coun­ty Clerk of this Coun­ty, and shall be filed with that same office.  The appli­cant shall truth­ful­ly state in full, the infor­ma­tion request­ed.  The form shall include name, age, address, mar­i­tal sta­tus, phys­i­cal descrip­tion, name of employ­er, nature of prod­uct or ser­vices and pro­posed method of oper­a­tion with­in the Coun­ty, in addi­tion to any oth­er infor­ma­tion deemed nec­es­sary by the Sher­iff, includ­ing fin­ger­print­ing. The Coun­ty Clerk’s office shall cause to be main­tained a com­plete and accu­rate record of each appli­ca­tion received, togeth­er with all oth­er infor­ma­tion or data per­tain­ing there­to, includ­ing denial of any application.

Every per­son desir­ing to engage in solic­i­ta­tion as here­in defined, with­in res­i­dences in this Coun­ty, is here­by required to annu­al­ly make writ­ten appli­ca­tion for a cer­tifi­cate of reg­is­tra­tion pri­or to any solic­i­ta­tion, as here­inafter pro­vid­ed, with the excep­tion not­ed in Sec­tion 7–6‑1, rel­a­tive to those char­i­ta­ble or non-prof­it groups, clubs, asso­ci­a­tions or projects.

It is here­by declared to be the pol­i­cy of the­Coun­ty­Board that the occupant(s) of the res­i­dences with­in theseC­ountyLim­its, shall make the deter­mi­na­tion of whether solic­i­tors shall be or shall not be invit­ed into the respec­tive res­i­den­tial property.

When­ev­er the fol­low­ing terms are used in this Arti­cle, they shall have the mean­ings ascribed to them in this Section.

(A) Solic­it­ing shall mean and include any one (1) or more of the fol­low­ing activ­i­ties:  Seek­ing to obtain orders, leads, refer­rals, or appli­ca­tions for the pur­chase of goods, con­tracts, poli­cies, wares, mer­chan­dise, food­stuffs, ser­vices of any kind, char­ac­ter or descrip­tion what­ev­er; for any kind of con­sid­er­a­tion what­ev­er or seek­ing to obtain sub­scrip­tions to books, pho­to or record clubs, mag­a­zines, pam­phlets, peri­od­i­cals, news­pa­pers, or any oth­er type of kind prod­uct, pub­li­ca­tion, or print­ed mate­r­i­al; or seek­ing to obtain infor­ma­tion of a sur­vey nature of any type, with the excep­tion of legit­i­mate cen­sus, or church sur­veys, or those polls or sur­veys con­duct­ed by autho­rized city, state or fed­er­al gov­ern­men­tal agen­cies, or their des­ig­nat­ed rep­re­sen­ta­tives; or seek­ing to obtain gifts, or con­tri­bu­tions of mon­ey, cloth­ing, or oth­er valu­able things for the sup­port or ben­e­fit of any char­i­ta­ble, or non-prof­it group, club, asso­ci­a­tion, cor­po­ra­tion or project, not pre-autho­rized in writ­ing by the Coun­ty Clerk, and must be in pos­ses­sion of his autho­riz­ing let­ter pri­or to com­menc­ing solic­i­ta­tion.  These groups shall be bound by this Sec­tion and Sec­tion 7–6‑9here­after.  These groups are exempt­ed from Sec­tion 7–6‑10 hereof.

Res­i­dents under six­teen (16) years of age, are specif­i­cal­ly exempt­ed from Sec­tion 7–6‑10 but are required to con­form to Sec­tion 7–6‑9 here­in and to ful­fill the same require­ments of pre-autho­rized let­ter as list­ed in the pre­ced­ing paragraph.

(B) Res­i­dence shall mean and include every sep­a­rate liv­ing unit occu­pied for res­i­den­tial pur­pos­es by one (1) or more per­sons, con­tained with­in any type build­ing or struc­ture, and this shall be so con­strued to include com­mer­cial estab­lish­ments of any size, type or descrip­tion with­in this County.

(C) Reg­is­tered Solic­i­tor shall mean and include any per­son who has obtained a valid cer­tifi­cate of reg­is­tra­tion as here­inafter provided.