Hillside votes to repeal ban on saggy pants

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HILLSIDE, Ill. — A Chicago suburb voted to repeal a ban they had on saggy pants at a village meeting Monday evening.

Ordinance 1307, passed in April 2013, called for pants worn by anyone in public to be size appropriate and secured at the waist to prevent the pants from falling more than three inches below the hips. However, that ordinance was never enforced by Hillside police, and was officially repealed Monday night.

Joe Lukaszek, chief of police, urged the village board to repeal the ordinance. He said it was beyond a question of fashion. He said the ordinance was unconstitutional.

“With everything you hear about law enforcement across this country in 2018, you’d have to be out of your mind to enforce this with today’s standards,” he said.

According to the local neighborhood group Hillside Forward, several schools serving the suburb already have “no underwear showing” policies.

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