City of Mendota, IL
LaSalle County
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A person commits an assault when, without lawful authority, he knowingly engages in conduct which places another in reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
No person shall disturb the peace and quiet of the City, or of any private family, or of any citizen, or be guilty of any violent, tumultuous, offensive or disorderly conduct, or make any loud or unusual noise or disturbance, or use any obscene, profane, vulgar, offensive or unseemly language.[1]
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Editor's Note: Original § 42.03, Disorderly conduct, of the 1998 Code, which immediately followed this section, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
Any two or more persons shall not, within the City, assemble together for an unlawful purpose, or who, being assembled, act in concert to do an unlawful act, with force and violence, against the property of the City, or the person or property of another, or against the peace or to the terror of citizens or other persons, or make any movement or preparation therefor.
No person shall knowingly suffer or permit any assemblage for the purpose of committing any unlawful act or breach of the peace, or any riotous, offensive or disorderly conduct in or upon premises owned by him or under his control.
No person shall interrupt or disturb any congregation or assembly met for the purpose of religious worship, or for any other lawful purpose, or any funeral procession or assembly, by making any loud or unusual noise or by any rude or indecent behavior, or by profane, obscene or improper discourse or conduct.
No person shall conduct himself in a riotous or disorderly manner, or disturb the peace, at any show or exhibition, theater or other place of amusement, or at any election poll, within the City.
No person shall resist or obstruct any member of the police force in the discharge of his duty, or shall in any way hinder or prevent him from the discharge of his duty, or shall endeavor to do so, or shall in any manner assist any person in the custody of any member of the police force to escape or attempt to escape from such custody.
No person shall be intoxicated in any street, or other public place, or be found disturbing the peace of the public, or of his own or any other household in any private building or place, within the City.
Any two or more persons who shall be found loitering, standing or congregating upon any street, alley or sidewalk, to the obstruction of such street or sidewalk, shall disperse when requested so to do by any member of the police force.
No persons shall make, cause, permit or allow to be made any noise of any kind by means of any whistle, bell or device, or by voice, at any time, for the purpose of advertising any goods, wares, or merchandise, or of attracting the attention or inviting the patronage of any person to do any business.
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No person shall fire or discharge any gun, pistol, or other firearm within the City, except upon the premises of a licensed shooting gallery, gun club or rifle club, in accordance with the ordinances of the City.
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The provisions of this section shall not apply to sheriffs, coroners, constables, members of the police force, or other peace officers engaged in the discharge of their official duties, or to any person summoned by any such officer to assist in making arrests or preserving the peace while such person so summoned is engaged in assisting such officer, or to any other person duly authorized by the Chief of Police. Such authorization shall be in writing on a form furnished by the Police Department and shall be in possession of the person to whom issued. Such permit to be exhibited on demand by any police officer of the City of Mendota, Illinois. No permit will be issued to any person under the age of 18 years.
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No person shall carry, possess, sell, loan, or give to any person any blackjack, slingshot, sandclub, sandbag, metal knuckles, throwing star, bludgeon, or carry or possess with intent to use the same unlawfully against another a dagger, dirk, billy, dangerous knife, switchblade knife, razor, stiletto, broken bottle or other piece of glass, stun gun or TASER or other dangerous or deadly weapon of like character.[1]
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
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No person shall carry concealed or about his person a pistol, revolver, derringer or other firearm or a dagger, stiletto, bowie knife, commando knife, or any other type or kind of knife, switchblade knife, any blade of which is more than 2 7/8 inches in length, ordinary razor, or other dangerous or deadly weapon or a tear gas gun projector or bomb or any object containing noxious liquid gas or substance, other than an object containing a nonlethal noxious liquid gas or substance designed solely for personal defense carried by a person 18 years of age or older. This provision shall not apply to the following officers while engaged in the discharge of their official duties: sheriffs, coroners, constables, policemen or other duly constituted police officers; nor to the following employees or agents while engaged in the discharge of the duties of their employment: watchmen, messengers, special agents and policemen employed by railroads or express companies; nor to persons lawfully summoned by an officer to assist in making arrests or preserving the peace while so engaged in assisting such officer.[2]
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
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Any policeman of the City may, within the limits of the City, without a warrant, arrest any person whom such policeman may find in the act of carrying or wearing under his clothes or concealed about his person any deadly weapon of the character specified in this section, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon, and detain him in custody until a summons or warrant can be procured, on complaint made (under oath or affirmation), for the trial of such person and for the seizure and confiscation of such of the weapons as such person may be found in the act of carrying or wearing under his clothes or concealed about his person.
No person shall at any time discharge or set off anywhere within the City, or have in his possession for such purpose, any toy firearm, air rifle, toy cannon, pellet gun or any other gun that discharges projectiles either by air, spring, explosive gas, substance or any other force.
In addition to all other penalties, weapons used or in possession in violation of § 210-11, 210-12 or 210-13 shall be ordered forfeited to, and confiscated by, the City.
No person shall at any time discharge any firearm near, in or upon the City of Mendota dump grounds or in or upon any of the City of Mendota's sewage disposal plant properties.
Except for burning of limited amounts of yard waste material as permitted by Chapter 249, Solid Waste, § 249-4, of the City Code, no person shall make or kindle or keep burning any bonfire or any outside fire within the fire limits of the City of Mendota.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
No person shall, in any of the streets, alleys or parks in the City, make or kindle any fire, or discharge any fireworks, without permission from the Mayor.
The Fire Chief or any member of the Fire Department in command may prescribe limits in the vicinity of any fire, within which no person, except those who reside therein, firemen and policemen and those admitted by order of any officer of the Fire Department, shall be permitted to come.
No person shall willfully and intentionally hinder or interfere with any City officer or fireman in the performance of his duty at, going to or returning from any fire, or while attending to any of his respective duties connected with the Fire Department, or shall willfully cut, deface or injure any fire alarm wire, fire alarm pole or box, or any of the property or fixtures belonging to or connected with the Fire Department or the fire alarm system.
No person shall in any manner obstruct the use of any fire hydrant, or place any material in front thereof or within 10 feet on either side thereof. Any material forming such an obstruction may forthwith be removed by any member of the Fire or Police Department and at the risk, cost and expense of the owner thereof. Fire hydrants, the size and type as specified by the City, shall be installed at intervals not to exceed 400 feet, unless otherwise approved by the Plan Commission.
It shall be the duty of the police officers on duty to attend all fires and maintain order and arrest all disorderly persons and any person who shall attempt to steal any property; and lodge the same in the City prison, until they can be brought before a magistrate for examination.
Every person at any fire shall obey the orders of the Fire Chief or other officer in command at any fire and shall assist in putting out such fire if called upon.
It shall be unlawful for any person to stack or store any combustible material on any street, alley, or lot within the fire limits of the City.
It shall be unlawful for any person to play upon or about any railroad track, depot, locomotive or car within the City; or climb upon or jump from any car or train of cars, or from one car to another, or climb or jump upon the same, while the same is in motion.
No person shall purposely, maliciously or heedlessly cast or throw any stone, brick or other missile from or into any street or public place, or at, against, or into any building, or any shade or fruit tree or other property.
No person shall erect any fence along any street or other public place within the City of which barbed wire or any other sharp, pointed or dangerous material forms a part.
No person shall willfully, maliciously or negligently break, deface, injure or destroy any property of the state, county or City, or property of any person.
No person, not being the owner, shall, within the City, cut, injure, remove or destroy any tree, or the boxing around the same, or any fence, railing, gate, post or sign upon any public grounds, lawn, sidewalk or private premises; or enter any private premises against the consent of the owner or occupant thereof, or trespass upon any private premises or public grounds, or injure, take away or destroy any tree, shrub, fruit, plant, vegetable or other thing which may be therein, for ornament or utility.
No unauthorized person shall go upon, into, pass through or over any property or premises used for school purposes within the City.
No person shall injure nor in any manner interfere with or disturb any tree, flower, shrub or any other thing in any park, nor injure, cut, break or deface any seat, bench, lamp, tree, flower, shrub, or other thing in such park. No person shall erect any booth or other structure on any public grounds or in any park without permission of the Mayor.
No person shall, without the consent of the owner or occupant of the premises, post any handbill, placard, showbill or notice upon any building or fence, or cut, mark, scratch, deface or otherwise injure any fence, gate or railing, or any part of any building, public or private.
No unauthorized person shall cover mutilate, deface, tear down, destroy or injure in any manner any poster, bill or advertisement lawfully upon any billboard or other place within the City.
No unauthorized person shall, within the City, climb upon any street lamp, post, telegraph, telephone or electric light pole, or hang or place upon or against the same any goods, boxes or other material.
No person shall willfully or heedlessly change, remove or destroy any stone, stake or post set or placed to mark the corner of any lot or parcel of ground, street or alley, or to show the grade of any street, alley or sidewalk of the City.[1]
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Editor's Note: Original § 42.36 of the 1998 Code, Vagrants and paupers, which immediately followed this section, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
No person shall, in the City, make any indecent exposure of his or her person, or appear in any public place exposed to public view, in the dress not belonging to his or her sex, or in an indecent or lewd dress, or in a state of nudity, or be guilty of any other indecent or lewd act.
No person shall, in any public place or places open to the public view, write or draw, design, cut or make, print or paste any lewd or indecent word, sentence, design, figure, bill or poster.
No person shall bring or cause to be brought into the City for the purposes of sale or exhibition or shall keep, sell, offer or expose for sale, or in any way circulate or distribute any obscene or indecent publication, book, pamphlet, paper, print, picture, illustration, model, cast or any instrument or article of indecent or immoral use, or shall advertise the same for sale or exhibition.
No person shall exhibit or perform, or assist in exhibiting or performing, in the City, any obscene, indecent, immoral or lewd play or other representation, or shall knowingly permit the same to be exhibited or performed in any building, hall, or place owned or controlled by him.
Except for video gaming permitted in accordance with Chapter 114 of the City Code, no person shall, within the City, set up, keep, maintain or support any gambling house or room, or place used for the practice of gaming, betting or playing for money or property, or knowingly permit any building or premises owned or controlled by him to be used for any such purpose; or keep or use, or permit to be kept or used, in any building or place occupied, controlled or owned by such person, any poker table, crap layout, wheel of fortune, roulette, shuffleboard, slot machine, cards, dice or other instrument or device commonly used for the purpose of gaming, or keep or have in his possession any such gaming instruments or devices for the purpose of gaming therewith.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
No person shall set up or expose in any of the streets, or other public places within the City, any table or device of any kind upon which or by which any game of chance or hazard can be played, or play at or upon any such table or device.
No person shall be an inmate of any gambling house or room or place used for the purpose of gaming within the City, or shall be in any way connected therewith, or shall frequent or visit the same, or be found therein; or shall, within the City, play for any money or other valuable thing at any game with cards, dice, billiards, pool, roulette, or any other instrument or device; or bet on any such game when played by others.
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No person shall keep or use in any place of public resort within the City any tables or implements for any pinball game.
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As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
PINBALL
Any amusement device played with any number of balls or spheres upon a table or board having holes, pockets, or cups in which balls may drop or become lodged and having arches, pins or springs or any of them to control, deflect or impede the direction or speed of the balls put in motion by the player, and shall include the modern variety of bagatelle or pigeon-hole commonly known as "pin games."
PLACE OF PUBLIC RESORT
Any premises wherein any service or merchandise is offered for sale to the public or where tables or implements for playing pinball games are kept for gain or profit or any premises used as a club house or club rooms.
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It is the duty of any policeman to seize any table or implements kept or used in violation of this section and, upon conviction of the keeper thereof, such table or implements so seized shall be destroyed. No person shall obstruct or resist any policeman in the performance of any act authorized by this section.
No person shall set up, run or maintain any lottery, or shall sell or dispose of for gain any ticket, chance or share in any lottery, or sell or attempt to dispose of any article or property dependent on any chance by dice, lot, tickets, numbers, or other fraudulent device, or propose or be in any other way connected with any lottery or game of chance; or knowingly permit any such lottery or enterprise to be carried on in any building or premises owned or controlled by him, except for those approved raffle license applications. This section shall not apply to lotteries controlled by state authorities.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
Each sale or purchase where any part of the articles or things received, or to be received, either as to quantity or value, shall in any manner depend upon any chance or hazard, whether by means of checks, cards, envelopes, tickets, numbers, dice or by any means, is hereby declared to be gaming within the meaning of the provisions hereof, and as such to be unlawful.
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Keeping bawdy house. No person shall, within the City or within three miles of the outer boundary thereof, keep or maintain, directly or indirectly, any bawdy or disorderly house, house of ill fame or assignation, or place for the practice of fornication or adultery.
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Premises used for bawdy house. No person shall, within the City or within three miles of the limits thereof, knowingly lease, let or permit any building or premises owned by him or under his control to be used in whole or in part as a house of ill fame, or house of assignation, or place for the practice of fornication or adultery.
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Frequenters. No person shall be an inmate or occupant of, or shall visit or frequent, or be found in any bawdy house, house of ill fame or of assignation, or place used for the practice of fornication or adultery within the City or within three miles of the limits thereof.
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Enticing females or minors. No person shall, within the City or within three miles of the limits thereof, entice, influence or persuade any female to enter or frequent any bawdy house, house of ill fame or of assignation, or place used for the practice of fornication or adultery; or induce any minor to enter, visit or frequent, or allow or permit any minor to remain in such house or place.
All prostitutes, solicitors to prostitutes, and all persons of evil fame or repute, plying their vocation upon the streets, alleys or public places in the City, are hereby declared to be common nuisances and in violation of this Code and shall be subject to the penalty provided for violation of this Code.
A person commits battery if he knowingly without legal justification and by any means:
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Causes bodily harm to an individual; or
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Makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with an individual.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[Added by Ord. No. 12-21-09]
It is illegal for any person to urinate or defecate on any public property, including, but not limited to, any park, street, parkway, sidewalk, the floor of any public building or on the floor of any building where the public gathers or has access or in any other place where such act can be observed by any member of the public, except in those rest rooms and into those rest room fixtures that are intended to be used for those purposes.