Oversized Flag In Libertyville Draws Controversy

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. (WBBM) — An oversized American flag on an oversized flagpole is the object of some controversy in north suburban Libertyville.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Pat Cassidy reports, Roch Tranel first asked the Libertyville village board in 2006 for permission to fly the big flag on the bill pole outside his Milwaukee Avenue financial firm.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Pat Cassidy reports

But the Daily Herald reports free speech issues and potential lawsuits caused him to drop the request, then revive it – a 600 square-foot flag on at 45-foot pole showing his patriotism.

Some trustees worry it might distract motorists, whiole others say it would set a precedent, and still others fear it would open the door to inappropriate flags on other flag poles.

Tranel is suggesting using a boom truck to fly his big flag so village leaders can see what his looks like.

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