Sign, Sign, Everywhere a (Political) Sign
Does it feel like election season never really ends? If only summer was like that! As we approach the mid-term elections in November, here are some things you should know about what you can (and can’t) do when it comes to showing support for your favorite candidates.
Q: Can the Village regulate political signage?
A: Yes, but only for certain things. The size, height, and location of signs are the only things the Village regulates.
Q: So, you’re saying I can have political signs up all year long? And I can have as many signs as I want?
A: Technically, yes, you can have political signs up indefinitely because they are protected free speech. But that means your neighbor can do the same! So, before you order more and/or bigger signage, think about what it means to be a good neighbor.
Q: What about the signs I see closer to the road? Are those legal?
A: No, signs must be entirely on private property. Signs in the right-of-way are the only signs that Village staff removes, so please make sure to keep political signs on your own property.
Q: Do political signs need a permit from the Village?
A: No, they don’t. Political signs are exempt from permitting requirements.
Q: Should I remove signage if it’s in the right-of-way?
A: Thanks, but no thanks. Just let Village staff know where the sign is and we’ll remove it. And please don’t remove any signage if it isn’t yours (that goes along with being a good neighbor).
Q: What if I have questions or concerns about political signage? Who do I call?
A: Contact the Community & Economic Development Department at 847-913-2310. We’ll help figure out if a sign is permissible or if we need to talk with the property owner or candidate.