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90_SB0655 New Act 10 ILCS 5/29-14.1 new Creates the Campaign Sign Regulation Act. Provide that campaign signs shall be no larger than 2 feet by 3 feet and that all signs shall be made of a biodegradeable material. Provides that the number of signs on private property shall be limited to one sign for each candidate for each public office. Prohibits posting signs closer than 20 feet from the property line or street. Prohibits the posting of signs on public property. Provides for the removal of signs by the corporate authorities or county board. Provides that a violation is a petty offense with a fine of $2 per day per sign posted in violation of the Act. Provides that the fines collected shall be deposited into the Common School Fund. Pre-empts home rule. Amends the Election Code to make it unlawful to post a campaign sign on private property without the consent of the owner. Effective immediately. LRB9002512MWpc LRB9002512MWpc 1 AN ACT concerning campaign signs. 2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 3 represented in the General Assembly: 4 Section 1. This Act may be cited as the Campaign Sign 5 Regulation Act. 6 Section 5. Definitions. For purposes of this Act; 7 "Campaign sign" means a sign supporting or opposing a 8 candidate for public office or supporting or opposing a 9 question of public policy. 10 "Political committee" has the meaning ascribed to it in 11 section 9-1.9 of the Election Code. 12 Section 10. Size and material of campaign signs. All 13 campaign signs shall be no larger than 2 feet by 3 feet (or 6 14 square feet). All signs shall be made of a biodegradeable 15 material. 16 Section 15. Signs; private property. Signs placed on 17 private property shall be limited to one sign for a candidate 18 for each office. Signs shall not be posted closer than 20 19 feet from the property line or street. 20 Section 20. Signs; public property; removal. 21 Campaign signs may not be posted on public ways, utility 22 rights-of-way, easements, or any public property. If a sign 23 is posted in these areas, the corporate authorities of the 24 municipality where the sign is posted or, if the sign is 25 located in an unincorporated area, the county board of the 26 county where the sign is posted, shall order the removal of 27 the campaign sign. -2- LRB9002512MWpc 1 Section 25. Person responsible for signs. Each 2 candidate or political committee must file with the corporate 3 authorities or county board a designated person responsible 4 for the placement and removal of signs and the address of 5 that person. 6 Section 30. Violation. A person who violates this Act 7 commits a petty offense and shall be fined $2 per day for 8 each political sign that is not removed. 9 Section 35. Fines. The fines collected under this Act 10 shall be deposited into the Common School Fund. The circuit 11 clerk shall transmit these fines to the State Treasurer who 12 shall deposit them into the Common School Fund. 13 Section 40. Local ordinance. This Act does not create a 14 cause of action within a unit of local government that adopts 15 a more restrictive ordinance regulating the posting and 16 removal of campaign signs. 17 Section 45. Home rule. A home rule unit may not 18 regulate the posting of campaign signs in a manner that is 19 less restrictive than the requirements imposed by this Act. 20 Home rule units may impose more restrictive requirements than 21 the requirements imposed by this Act. This Section is a 22 limitation under subsection (i) of Section 6 of Article VII 23 of the Illinois Constitution on the concurrent exercise by 24 home rule units of powers and functions specified in this 25 Act. 26 Section 100. The Election Code is amended by adding 27 Section 29-14.1 as follows: 28 (10 ILCS 5/29-14.1 new) -3- LRB9002512MWpc 1 Sec. 29-14.1. Campaign signs. 2 (a) It is unlawful for a person to post a campaign sign 3 on private property without the consent of the owner of the 4 private property. 5 (b) It is unlawful for a person to post a campaign sign 6 on public property. 7 (c) Sentence. A violation of this Section is a petty 8 offense for which the offender shall be fined $2 per day for 9 each campaign sign posted in violation of this Section. 10 (d) Fines collected under this Section shall be 11 deposited into the Common School Fund in accordance with 12 Section 35 of the Campaign Sign Regulation Act. 13 (e) For purposes of this Section, "campaign sign" has 14 the same meaning as in the Campaign Sign Regulation Act. 15 Section 999. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 16 becoming law.
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