Alderman: Feeding pigeons illegal under new ordinance

There’s a pigeon controversy in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.

On Wednesday, Alderman James Cappelman (46th) introduced a new ordinance that would make it illegal to feed the pigeons.

Cappelman claims his neighborhood looks like a scene from Hitchcock’s “The Birds” and he wants to put an end to it.

Under the ordinance, anyone caught feeding pigeons would be fined up to $1,000 and face up to 30 days in jail.

He will formally present the ordinance next month and have it approved in February.

Cappleman claims there are two repeat offenders who have been arrested in the past for dumping up to 4 lbs.  of bread in certain parks several times a day.

He has had problems with one of those offenders before.

She is known on local blogs as “the pigeon lady.”

Back in May, Cappleman filed charges against the woman, after he claimed she attacked him as he was sweeping up pigeon droppings outside his ward office near Wilson and Broadway.

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