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.