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Yes, solicitors within the Village of Willowbrook must apply for and be approved for a permit to solicit in any residentially zoned district within the Village. Solicitors must also adhere to specific guidelines and rules regulating door-to-door solicitation. Charitable solicitors under the age of 17 and those engaged in canvassing shall not be subject to permitting.
There is an application packet that must be obtained in person at the Willowbrook Police Department.
The following must be submitted with the completed application:
Applicants must indicate whether they have ever been convicted of the commission of a felony or have been convicted of a misdemeanor for a crime involving moral turpitude or truth and veracity, under the laws of the State of Illinois or any other state, or of a Federal law of the United States and the nature of any such conviction (applies only to commercial solicitation).
Yes, per Village Ordinance, all solicitors should have a Village solicitor’s photo ID badge visible on their outer garment at all times when they are engaged in soliciting within the Village. All solicitors and canvassers are required to immediately identify themselves and the purpose of the solicitation or canvassing activity. If a solicitor does not display and cannot produce a solicitor’s photo ID badge or permit, they may not be licensed to solicit within the Village and may be reported to the Willowbrook Police Department by calling 911.
Per Village Ordinance, solicitors:
Charitable organizations with an approved solicitation permit can solicit donations within a 100 feet distance along each leg of the approved intersection. All solicitors must wear the high visibility vest and be at least 17 years old. The Village of Willowbrook solicitation permit identification should be prominently displayed at all times.
Solicitation is not allowed at any location where it is clearly marked with a "No Solicitation" notice.
Under the Village Ordinance, certain solicitation practices are unlawful and prohibited. Per Ordinance, solicitors may NOT:
Prominently display a no soliciting notice on or near the main entrance by way of a sign measuring at least 3” x 4” in size.
Yes, Title 3 – Chapter 13-Section 3-13-14:
NO LIMITATIONS TO FREE SPEECH RIGHTS
“Nothing in this chapter shall be construed or enforced so as to restrict the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, article I of the Constitution of the State of Illinois, or any federal or state law protecting the right to freedom of speech or freedom of religion. Nothing in this chapter shall prohibit religious organizations or individuals from religious proselytizing or political organizations or individuals from soliciting contributions for elected public offices or referendum questions to be submitted to the voters, as authorized by Article 9 of the Illinois Election Code (10 ILCS 5/9-1.1, et seq.), or otherwise engaging in political activities related to specific individuals, issues, political parties or political action groups. (Ord. 21-O-15, 3-22-2021; amd. Ord. 21-O-22, 4-26-2021)”