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Fines to double for public drinking, urination in Chicago

The Chicago City Council has approved a new ordinance that cracks down on “quality of life” violations in the city.

Anyone caught gambling, drinking alcohol or urinating in public could face up to a $1,000 fine.

The new ordinance doubles existing fines, making the maximum fine $1,000 for public urination or public liquor consumption and $400 for gambling.

Violators also face up to six months of jail time if they skip an administrative hearing.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy recommended the change last month, saying it would help crack down on people who¬† disturb the “quality of life” for Chicago residents.

Several aldermen voiced their concerns over the enforcement of the new ordinance but they voted unanimously in favor of the stricter penalties.





9 Comments to “Fines to double for public drinking, urination in Chicago”

    kid1339 said:
    April 11, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    How much to spit on the sidewalk ?I guess W.G.N. can print this ?

    jeff said:
    April 11, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    how much should it be to hang out on corners

    kirby1414 said:
    April 11, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    And what's the fine for attacking innocent people on Michigan Avenue? There's been no update on the so called "people" that were arrested…

    Brian Millersmith said:
    April 11, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Whew! At least I can still defecate in public without worry…

    Chris said:
    April 11, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Alright, cool, why not focus on taking down all these ignorant gang-bangers across the city? Instead, the Mayor is focusing on things that are of our least concern.

    Caligula said:
    April 11, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Chicago has always smelled like an unclean urinal and it always will. No thanks… so many other places that are better to go to and less trouble.

    Tracey Johnson said:
    April 11, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Did they track on how many tickets they gave out last year?

    greenburg said:
    April 12, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    And this is news because?????????????? Aren't there more important things to worry about in Chicago that public urination? Let's worry about the unemployment status of the state and how to create jobs for people.

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