City Council: You are Free to Swear!

It is now legal to swear publicly in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge. Park Ridge, Illinois, is a picturesque suburb of 37,480 residents, located 15 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, in a key geographic location close to O’Hare Airport, major expressways and rail transportation.

Park Ridge City Council just eliminated an old law that made it illegal to use profanity in any street, alley or public place.  Park Ridge Police Chief Frank Kaminski says it becomes a freedom-of-speech issue when there is an anti-swearing law on the books, even when it isn’t enforced.  Also dropped from the city’s roster of laws was part of a disorderly-conduct ordinance outlawing the use of “abusive or obscene language” and gestures. Kaminski said the city plans to look at an “indecent exposure” ordinance that not only prohibits nudity in public, but also bars the public wearing of clothing belonging to the opposite gender.

 

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