ARTICLE IV. SOLICITORS
Sec. 8-60. Definitions.
Soliciting shall mean and include any one (1) or more of the following activities:
(a) seeking to obtain orders for the purchase of goods, wares, merchandise, foodstuffs, services, of any kind, character or description, whatever, for any kind of consideration whatever; or
(b) seeking to obtain prospective customers for application or purchase of insurance of any type, kind or character; or
(c) seeking to obtain subscriptions to books, magazines, periodicals, newspapers, and every other type or kind of publication; or
(d) seeking to obtain gifts or contributions of money, clothing or any other valuable thing for the support or benefit of any charitable or non-profit association, organization, corporation, or project.
Residence shall mean and include every separate living unit occupied for residential purposes by one (1) or more persons, contained within any type of building or structure.
Registered solicitor shall mean and include any person who has obtained a valid Certificate of Registration as hereinafter provided, and which Certificate is in the possession of the solicitor on his or her person while engaging in soliciting.
Sec. 8-61. Certificate of registration.
Every person desiring to engage in soliciting as herein defined from persons in residences within this municipality, is hereby required to make written application for a certificate of registration as hereinafter provided.
Sec. 8-62. Application for certificate of registration.
Application for a certificate of registration shall be made upon a form provided by the chief of police of this municipality and filed with such chief. The applicant shall truthfully state in full the information requested on the application, to-wit;
(a) Name and address of present place of residence and length of residence at such address, also business address if other than residence address, also social security number;
(b) address of place of residence during the past three (3) years if other than present address;
(c) age of applicant and marital status, and if married, the name of spouse;
(d) physical description of the applicant;
(e) name and address of employer during the past three (3) years if other than present employer;
(f) name and address of the person, firm, or corporation or association whom the applicant is employed by or represents, the length of time of such employment or representation;
(g) description sufficient for identification of the subject matter of the soliciting which the applicant will engage in;
(h) period of time for which the certificate is applied for;
(i) the date, or approximate date, of the latest previous application for certificate under this ordinance, if any;
(j) has a certificate of registration issued to the applicant under this ordinance ever been revoked;
(k) has the applicant ever been convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this ordinance, or the ordinance of any other Illinois municipality regulating soliciting;
(l) has the applicant ever been convicted of the commission of a felony under the laws of the State of Illinois or any other State or Federal law of the United States;
(m) also, such additional information as the chief of police may deem necessary to process the application.
All statements made by the applicant upon the application or in connection therewith shall be under oath. The City Clerk shall cause to be kept in his office an accurate record of every application received and acted upon together with all other information and date pertaining thereto and all certificates of registration issued under the provisions of this ordinance, and of the denial of applications. Applications for certificates shall be numbered in consecutive order, as filed, and every certificate issued, and any renewal thereof, shall be identified with the duplicate number of the application upon which it was issued.
No certificate of registration shall be issued to any person who has been convicted of the commission of a felony under the laws of the State of Illinois or any other State or Federal law of the United States, within five (5) years of the date of the application; nor to any person who has been convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this ordinance, nor to any person whose certificate of registration issued hereunder has previously been revoked as herein provided.
Sec. 8-63. Issuance and revocation of certificate.
The chief of police, after consideration of the application and all information obtained relative thereto, shall deny the application if the applicant does not possess the qualifications for such certificate as herein required, and that the issuance of a certificate of registration to the applicant would not be in accord with the intent and purpose of this ordinance. Endorsement shall be made by the chief of police upon the application or the denial of the application. When the applicant is found to be fully qualified, the certificate of registration shall be issued forthwith.
Any certificate of registration issued hereunder shall be revoked by the chief of police if the holder of the certificate is convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this ordinance or has made a false material statement in the application, or otherwise becomes disqualified for the issuance of a certificate under the terms of this ordinance. Immediately upon such revocation written notice thereof shall be given by the chief of police to the holder of the certificate in person or by certified U. S. mail addressed to his or her residence address set forth in the application.
Immediately upon the giving of such notice the certificate shall become null and void. The certificate shall state the expiration date thereof.
Sec. 8-64. City policy on soliciting.
It is hereby declared to be the policy of the governing body of this municipality that the occupant or occupants of the residences in this municipality shall make the determination of whether solicitors shall be, or shall not be, invited to their respective residence. If no determination is made as is provided in Sec. 8-65, thereof, then in that event, registration is not required.
Sec. 8-65 PERMIT FEE.
No permit shall be issued until a fee of Fifty Dollars ($50.00 has been paid to the City Clerk. Each Permit issued hereunder shall be for a period of time not to exceed thirty (30) days. (Ord. #1678, 05-16-15)
Sec. 8-67. Uninvited soliciting prohibited.
It is hereby declared to be unlawful and shall constitute a nuisance for any person to go upon any premises and ring the doorbell upon or near any door, or create any sound in any other manner calculated to attract the attention of the occupant of such residence, for the purpose of securing an audience with the occupant thereof and engage in soliciting as herein defined, in defiance of the notice exhibited at the residence in accordance with the provisions of Sec. 8-65 of this ordinance.
Sec. 8-68. Time limit on soliciting.
It is hereby declared to be unlawful and shall constitute a nuisance for any person whether registered under this ordinance or not, to go upon any premises and ring the doorbell 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 of such residence, for the purpose of securing an audience with the occupant thereof and engage in soliciting as herein defined, prior to 9:00 A.M. or after 6:00 P.M. of any week day, or at any time on a Sunday or on a State or National Holiday.
Sec. 8-69. Penalty.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this ordinance shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each offense. (Ord. #814, 10-11-1971)