CHICAGO (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union and other organizations are challenging panhandling ordinances in 15 municipalities across Illinois.
Letters demanding repeal of the ordinances are being delivered Tuesday by the ACLU, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Cool Weather Continues; Frost Advisory South Of Chicago
Officials in Aurora, Carbondale, Champaign, Chicago, Cicero, Danville, Decatur, East St. Louis, Elgin, Joliet, Moline, Oak Park, Peoria, Rockford and Urbana are the recipients.
Diane O’Connor of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless says panhandling laws unfairly criminalize people experiencing homelessness for exercising their rights.READ MORE: Churches, Community Groups Hold Mother's Day Ceremony For Justice For Black And Brown People Killed By Police
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled panhandling is protected by the First Amendment right to free speech.
The letter challenging Chicago’s ordinance says shielding listeners from messages disfavored by the state isn’t permissible.MORE NEWS: Man Shot, Critically Wounded In Gompers Park On Northwest Side
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