Crazy List of Stupid Illinois Laws and Rules

The list of 47 is rather long, so here’s my favorite eight.

  • A state law in Illinois mandates that all bachelors should be called master, not mister, when addressed by their female counterparts.
  • According to state law, it is illegal to speak English. The officially recognized language is “American”.
  • Des Plaines: Wheelbarrows with For-Sale signs may not be chained to trees.
  • Eureka: A man with a moustache may not kiss a woman.
  • Homer: It is against the law to use a slingshot unless your are a law enforcement officer.
  • In Illinois it is illegal for barbers to use their fingers to apply shaving cream to a customer’s face.
  • In Illinois, it is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to dogs, cats, and other domesticated animal kept as pets.
  • Joliet: Town fathers, reflecting the pet peeve of hearing their town’s name mispronounced ‘Jolly-ETTE’ when all local folk know it’s pronounced ‘Joe-lee-ETTE’, made pronouncing it Jolly-ette a misdemeanor, punishable by a $5 fine.

For the other 39 crazy Illinois laws, click on the comments.

  • “Dwarf-tossing,” the strange practice of hurling dwarfs in padded suits, is outlawed in the bars of Springfield, Ill., because it’s dangerous and exploitative. The practice is apparently allowed elsewhere in town, with a special permit.
  • A law from the early 1900’s prohibits men from going topless on the Boardwalk. (Repealed)
  • An Illinois state law requires that a man’s female companion shall call him “master” while out on a date. The law does not apply to married couples.
  • Champaign: One may not pee in his neighbor’s mouth.
  • Chicago: Law forbids eating in a place that is on fire; It is illegal to give a dog whiskey; Kites may not be flown within the city limits; Spitting is forbidden
  • Cicero: Humming on public streets is prohibited on Sundays.
  • Crete: It is considered an offense to attempt to have sex with one’s dog; Cars may not be driven through the town.
  • Evanston: Bowling is forbidden; It is illegal to go trick-or-treating on Halloween; It is unlawful to change clothes in an automobile with the curtains drawn, except in case of fire.
  • Fairfield: It is unlawful for “Negroes” to be within county boundaries from sundown to sunrise.
  • Freeport: It is illegal to expectorate from any second-story window.
  • Galesburg: There is a $1,000 dollar fine for beating rats with baseball bats.
  • If the Rushville, Ill., city council doesn’t have a quorum, those sent can have the cops go out and arrest absent members and bring them to the meeting.
  • In Chicago it is also illegal to take a French poodle to the opera, and for women over 200 pounds (90 kilos) to ride horses in shorts.
  • In Chicago, Illinois, it is illegal to fish in pajamas.
  • In Chicago, people who are diseased, maimed, mutilated, or “otherwise an unsightly or disgusting object” are banned from going out in public.
  • In Minoola, Ill., it’s illegal to take your clothes off and “expose the naked
  • In Oblong, Illinois, it’s punishable by law to make love while hunting or fishing on your wedding day.
  • In Zion, Ill., it is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to dogs, cats, and other domesticated animals kept as pets.
  • It is against the law for a monster to enter the corporate limits of Urbana, Illinois.
  • It is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to dogs, cats, and other domesticated animal kept as pets.
  • It is illegal to give a dog whiskey.
  • It is legal to protest naked in front of city hall as long as you are under seventeen years of age and have legal permits.
  • It’s not clear what this has done to the bar business, but a law in Chicago, Ill., makes it illegal to serve liquor to the feeble-minded.
  • Kenilworth: A rooster must step back three hundred feet from any residence if he wishes to crow; Hens that wish to cackle must step two hundred feet back from any residence.
  • Kirkland: Bees are not allowed to fly over the village or through any of Kirkland’s streets.
  • Law forbids eating in a place that is on fire.
  • Moline: Ice skating at the Riverside pond during the months of June and August is prohibited; There is a ban on unnecessary repetitive driving on 23rd Avenue.
  • Morton Grove: You may not own a handgun
  • Normal: It is against the law to make faces at dogs.
  • Orland Park: No pool tables are allowed in a public establishment, because it supports gambling.
  • Ottawa: Spitting on the sidewalk is a criminal offense.
  • Park Ridge: Trucks may only park inside closed garages.
  • Peoria: Basketball hoops may not be installed on a driveway.
  • Pullman: It is illegal to drink beer out of a bucket while sitting on the curb; It is forbidden to fish while sitting on a giraffe’s neck; It is legal to protest naked in front of city hall as long as you are under seventeen years of age and have legal permits.
  • The people in Manteno, Ill., do not want used facial tissue, period. Hence, you cannot “throw, drop or place” a used hankie “upon any public way or public place or upon the floor of any convenience or upon the floor of any theater, hall or assembly or public building or upon the surface or any lot or parcel of ground or on the roof on any building or in any light or air shaft, court or areaway.”‚Ä¢ Under a 1872 law still on the books, an alderman in Chicago can carry a gun. Some do.
  • You may be arrested for vagrancy if you do not have at least one dollar bill on your person.
  • You may be convicted of a Class 4 felony offense, punishable by up to three years in state prison, for the crime of “eavesdropping” on your own conversation. -720 ILCS 5/14-2.
  • You must contact the police before entering the city in an automobile.

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Tom Saaristo
18 years ago

I could comment on a lot of these, but am compelled to ask if roosters and hens and bees can read so that they can comply with the law that affects them!

Someone who looked it up
Someone who looked it up
16 years ago

(5 ILCS 460/20) (from Ch. 1, par. 2901‑20) Sec. 20. Official language. The official language of the State of Illinois is English. (Source: P.A. 87‑273.) I also found no reference at all to the Barber Law. Might want to double check your facts 😉

15 years ago

why would u eat in a place that was on fire?? i think the hummin on public streets is prohibited on sundays law is a bit weird

14 years ago

How can someone eavesdrop their own conversation?

14 years ago

That’s my question how can u eavesdrop on your own conversation that’s like physically and mentally impossible

4 years ago
Reply to  HUH?

go back in time

14 years ago

These laws were made the state govt. That is why they do not make sense. DUMMIES!

14 years ago

I’m nearly in tears from laughing so hard at some of these! I wonder what type of punishment the bees get?? LMAO

14 years ago

Dumb ass Illinois Crooked idiot politicians…..Why am I not surprised? After all that’s where Obama was from…The biggest duck in the pond.

14 years ago

so, what does it take to get a permit that allows me to protest naked in front of city hall? i wanna do it…lol

14 years ago

i want to get this permit to we can protest together. lol no the only question is what 2 protest???

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