The West Chicago Police Department is taking the opportunity to remind residents of the City’s ordinance requiring that solicitors register with the Police Department. If a prospective solicitor’s application for registration is approved, he/she is issued an identification card. This ID card will include the City seal, a photo of the solicitor and an expiration date. Per the ordinance, this ID card must be displayed by the solicitor while he/she is engaged in sales activities.
If residents are approached by a solicitor who is not able to produce a City-issued solicitor ID card, the Police Department encourages them NOT to conduct business with this person. Further, the City would ask residents to contact 9-1-1 immediately to report the incident. The City’s solicitor ordinance also contains a provision for residents who do not want to be contacted by door-to-door salespeople. If a resident chooses this option, appropriate signage can be produced by following the templates provided, or a preprinted weatherproof card is available at City Hall, 475 Main Street.
Also, City of West Chicago residents have the right to prohibit unsubscribed-to periodicals being left at their homes (other than telephone directories and those periodicals delivered by the U.S. Mail or other common carriers). Plus, they have the right to regulate the ability of registered or exempt (a person age 17 and under, who is participating in fundraising programs) solicitors, to leave unwanted promotional material for goods and services. Residents may create a weather-proof (laminated) sign that conforms to the specifications contained in the Anti-Solicitation Signage Ordinances, or may visit City Hall to purchase such signage, which should then be posted to the front of the property.
Additionally, residents who post such signs are required to submit their name and address to City Hall so that the address may be identified to those individuals and/or groups making the deliveries, as another way to prevent unwanted materials being left. Click here for sign templates.