Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Article VII - Peddlers

Illi­nois pro­duce farm­ers are here­by exclud­ed from the license fee pro­vi­sions of this Arti­cle and may oper­ate from a fixed loca­tion from dawn to dusk.

All ped­dlers or hawk­ers oper­at­ing only with­in the cor­po­rate lim­its of a munic­i­pal­i­ty are here­by exempt from the pro­vi­sions of this Article.

Any licensed ped­dler or hawk­er who shall be guilty of any fraud, cheat­ing or mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion, whether through him­self or through an employ­ee while act­ing as a ped­dler in the Coun­ty or who shall barter, sell or ped­dle any goods or mer­chan­dise or wares oth­er than those spec­i­fied in the appli­ca­tion for a license shall be fined as pro­vid­ed in Chap­ter 1.

It is here­by declared to be unlaw­ful and shall con­sti­tute a nui­sance for any per­son whether reg­is­tered under this Code or not, to go upon any premis­es and ring the door bell upon or near any door of a res­i­dence locat­ed there­on, or rap or knock upon any door, or cre­ate any sound in any oth­er man­ner cal­cu­lat­ed to attract the atten­tion of the occu­pant there­of and engage in solic­it­ing as here­in defined, pri­or to 9:00 A.M. or after 4:00 P.M. of any week­day, or at any time on a Sun­day or on a State or Nation­al holiday.

The fee for a license issued under this Chap­ter shall be a dai­ly license of Ten Dol­lars ($10.00) and an annu­al license fee of Fifty Dol­lars ($50.00) per per­son for res­i­dents and an annu­al license of Sev­en­­­ty-Five Dol­lars ($75.00) per per­son for non-res­i­­­dents, the fee being per­son­able, not trans­fer­able, and not refundable.

Upon receipt of each appli­ca­tion, the Coun­ty Clerk shall 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.

The per­son desir­ing a license may obtain the same by mak­ing appli­ca­tion with the Coun­ty Clerk and pro­vid­ing the fol­low­ing information:

(A) Name and phys­i­cal descrip­tion of applicant.

(B) Per­ma­nent home and address and local address if oper­at­ing from such an address.

(C) A brief descrip­tion of the busi­ness and of the goods to be sold.

(D) Name and address of the employ­er, if any.

(E) The length of time for which the right to do busi­ness is desired.

(F) Evi­dence that the agent is act­ing on behalf of the cor­po­ra­tion he represents.

(G) State­ment of the applicant’s crim­i­nal record, oth­er than a traf­fic record.

(H) The last three (3) cities, vil­lages, and/or coun­ties where the appli­cant car­ried on busi­ness imme­di­ate­ly pre­ced­ing date of appli­ca­tion and the address from which such busi­ness was con­duct­ed in those munic­i­pal­i­ties or counties.

Ped­dler” shall mean the sell­ing, bar­ter­ing, or exchang­ing or the offer­ing for sale, barter or exchange of any tan­gi­ble per­son­al prop­er­ty upon or along the street, high­ways, or any pub­lic place of the Coun­ty or from house to house, whether at one place there­on or from place to place, from any wag­on, truck push­cart or oth­er vehi­cle or from mov­able recep­ta­cles of any kind, but shall not include the deliv­ery of any item pre­vi­ous­ly ordered or the sale of items along deliv­ery routes where the pur­chas­er has pre­vi­ous­ly request­ed the sell­er to stop and exhib­it his items.  Nor shall ped­dle be tak­en to include the solic­i­ta­tion of orders by sam­ple where the goods are not deliv­ered at the time the order is taken.

It shall be unlaw­ful for any per­son, firm or cor­po­ra­tion to engage in the busi­ness of hawk­er or ped­dler of any mer­chan­dise, arti­cle or thing with­out hav­ing first secured a license therefore.