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Petition to Remove the Location Restrictions for the Peddler’s License

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Please sign this petition and please forward to others to sign. Let city government know people want change:

City of Chicago: Remove sections 4-244-130 through 4-244-140 from the Municipal Code.

 

Panhandling was made illegal in Chicago until the A.C.L.U. sued the city and won on the basis of those laws being a restriction on Free Speech.  The A.C.L.U. lawsuit only covered panhandling and left out artists, musicians and street merchants.  This has led to the current laws which radically restrict peddling.  What is worse for the city’s economy and image: someone offering to sell you something or someone panhandling?  The current laws make paying for a Peddler’s License less beneficial than begging.  Begging costs nothing to begin as it requires no investment in goods, it offers no revenue to the city in licensing fees, is outside of the systems of state and city taxation and is a deterrent to visitors.  Ongoing reform to the Peddler’s License, starting with removing the regional bans, will offer a legal alternative through micro-business start ups that wish to vend merchandise to the public.

 

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