New 2016 Elmhurst Ordinances You Should Know About


by Dave Noble, City Editor

CITY HALL, ELMHURST – The following ordinances took effect January 1, 2016:

  1. Persons who enter local coffee shops without a smartphone, tablet or laptop must leave the property within five minutes of making their purchase.
  2. All new and updated playground facilities must include a basketball court, tennis court, jai alai court, and a half-pipe for skateboarding and snowboarding.
  3. In order to go trick-or-treating on Halloween, all children must show proof of residency within the city limits and obtain a permit through Elmhurst City Hall.
  4. Due to the success of City Centre’s yearly “Rock The Block” food and music fest, noise ordinances have been pushed back to 3:00 a.m. on weekends throughout Elmhurst.
  5. No more than five Chipotle’s can be in operation within city boundaries at any given time.
  6. Using sandwich boards on city sidewalks to promote a business is still illegal.
  7. Any gas station or convenience store that sells lottery tickets must always have at least two persons working a register at all times.
  8. Elmhurst residents who fail to use one of the city’s new parking garages at least six times in 2016 will be fined $250.00.
  9. All coyotes taken in as pets must complete an obedience class through the Elmhurst Park District.
  10. A thirty-cent toll will be required for Prairie Path walkers and bikers who wish to cross the bridge over Route 83 in either direction.
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6 thoughts on “New 2016 Elmhurst Ordinances You Should Know About

  1. This is a joke right? Who is going to enforce these ordinances? Good use of the Police, cause they don’t enough to do with the Heroin problems, burglaries, shop lifters, and identity thefts, and every day calls for service! So I can’t get a cup of Joe and enjoy reading a paper, unless it’s on my notepad, in a coffee shop ? Who gets cited for Trick or Treating without a permit, the child or parents? Let’s just outlaw it, and be done! Really, I get “fined” for NOT using a garage. Call it what it is, a “Tax”, to pay for these monsters in our backyard. A toll on the Prairie Path? Will there be a toll collector, (a new paid city job?), or just a Honesty Collection Box? That will work, cause everyone using the path has a pocket full of change. Let’s put up a camera to watch that for violators, and pay some one to review it, and send out citations. How is it that I, who lives in town, reads the local papers, and the Patch, never saw these coming. I could go on, but I’ll stop before crossing the PG-13 line. Nuff said, Lumpy

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