Illinois Weird Laws
Home to the windy city, The Cubs, the Sears Tower, and countless other landmarks, Illinois is one of the best places to travel in the U.S. When in Illinois, you can enjoy a deep-dish pizza, summer festivals, and ride a bike on the known flat streets. However, you better not break the law when you go to the state; there are some pretty weird Illinois laws that you should know about prior to your visit, and here are a few of them:
Weird Laws Illinois
Dogs and cats cannot smoke
Domesticated animals in Zion, Illinois are incredibly healthy; it is illegal to give a lit cigar to domesticated animals there, and we fully support this law.
It is illegal to make soap
Making your own soap is fun, but your better be careful if you want to do it in Illinois. It is actually illegal to make soap in the state if you don’t have a license.
You cannot tie a "for sale" wheelbarrow to a tree
Wow… we wonder how this law came to be… in Des Moines, Illinois, you cannot tie a wheelbarrow with a "for sale" sign to a tree. And that's that!
Bees cannot fly around wherever they want
In Kirkland, Illinois, bees cannot just fly over the village or in the streets. It is forbidden!
Spitting on a sidewalk is illegal
In Ottowa, spitting on a sidewalk is actually a criminal offense, no more and no less!
It is illegal to make faces at dogs
You better respect the pooches in Illinois… it is illegal to make faces at dogs in the state.
You cannot feed birds if you live a mile from downtown
In Bloomington, there is a clear restriction on who can feed the birdies; if you live a mile from downtown, you cannot feed the flying creatures around you.
You cannot take a French poodle to the opera
In Carbondale, it is illegal to take French poodles to the opera. We wonder if this law applies to other breeds as well.
It is illegal to pee in your neighbor's mouth
Still in Carbondale comes this crazy Illinois law… there are many ways that you can express anger toward your neighbor but if peeing in their mouth is one of them, you better think again.
It is illegal to beat rats with a baseball bat
If you beat these rodents with a baseball bat when you are in Galesburg, you are facing a 1,000$ fine. Ouch.
You cannot do bicycle tricks in city streets
Still in Galesburg, there is a law against "fancy riding in the streets: Sec. 28-345. Trick riding.
"No rider of a bicycle shall remove both hands from the handlebars, or feet from the pedals, or practice any acrobatic or fancy riding on any street. The chief of police or his agent is authorized to approve racing events under section 11-1514 of The Illinois Vehicle Code" [625ILCS 5/11-1514]. (Ord. No. 82-854, S057, 4-1-82).
It is illegal to own a smelly dog
Well, you better make sure your pet is clean at all times if you are in Galesburg. Owning a smelly dog there is actually against the law.
You cannot carry less than $1
In the big city of Chicago, it is illegal not to carry any cash. Every person must have at least $1 in their pockets at all times.
Girls in Mount Pulaski cannot throw snowballs
How rude! Girls cannot throw snowballs in Mount Pulaski but boys can do it with no consequences! We demand equality.
It is illegal to burn bird feathers
In Galesburg, it is illegal to burn bird feathers: " Sec. 4-23. Burning of animal matter; prohibited.
No person shall burn any feathers, hides, or any other animal matter within the corporate limits of the city. (Ord. No. 84-935,?.10, 2-20-84).
Men can force nose-picking women to marry them
If a man in Zion sees a woman picking her nose in a traffic light, it is legal for him to force her to marry him!
Wearing your wife's panties requires a Bishop's permission
Wow… gotta say this is one of the weirder laws we have come across... In oblong, men who wish to wear their wives' panties on Sundays can only do so with permission from the Bishop.
Only law officers can use slingshots
Those who want to use a slingshot better think again; only members of law enforcement agencies can use slingshots.
So, what did you think about the craziest law in Illinois? You certainly won't think about the state in the same way you used to. These laws are certainly colorful, and if you want to know more of the weirdest laws in the United States, go to GoLookUp and see a new side of America!