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Crazy Illinois Laws

Updated on July 13, 2019
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Chicago Night Scene
Chicago Night Scene | Source

Crazy Laws of Illinois

  • It is illegal to speak English. The officially recognized language is "American".
  • Humming on public streets is prohibited on Sundays.
  • Citizens can be hit with a $120 ticket for having an improperly displayed and outdated city sticker on their car.
  • You cannot fish while sitting on a giraffe's neck in Chicago.
  • If one wishes to plant new sod in his or her yard in the summer months, that person may not use the city's water to water it.
  • Cars may not be driven through the town.
  • A man with a moustache may not not kiss a woman.
  • It is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to dogs, cats, and other domesticated animal kept as pets.
  • A rooster may not crow within three hundred feet of a resident.
  • It is illegal to drink beer out of a bucket while sitting on the curb.
  • In Normal, it is illegal to make faces at dogs.
  • The law forbids eating in a place that is on fire.
  • It is illegal to fish in your pajamas.
  • Town fathers, reflecting the pet peeve of hearing their town’s name mispronounced ‘Jolly-ETTE’ when all local folk know it’s pronounced ‘Joe-lee-ETTE’, made pronouncing it Jolly-ette a misdemeanor, punishable by a $5 fine.

Many of these laws sets one to think "what in the world were they thinking when making these laws." For instance, my husband has a moustache, does that that he can never kiss me?

What about cars not being able to drive through town? It's a heck of a long walk from one end of Chicago to the other.

In any case, you will find that every state has crazy laws. Many of them the same. Somehow someone somewhere had more time on their hands than they needed. I think that's the only explanation for these crazy laws.

Abraham Lincoln's home
Abraham Lincoln's home | Source

Illinois fun facts

  • The tallest man in the world was born in 1918 in Alton, Illinois. He was 8 feet 11 inches tall, weighed 491 pounds and wore a size 37 shoe.
  • The Chicago River is dyed green on Saint Patrick's Day.
  • Illinois was the first state to ratify the 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery in 1865.
  • Des Plaines is home to the first McDonald’s.
  • Twinkies were invented on April 6, 1930 in River Forest, Illinois
  • Illinois had two capital cities before Springfield: Kaskaskia and Vandalia.
  • Illinois has two nicknames: Land of Lincoln and Prairie State.
  • Metropolis, the home of Superman, is a real city in Southern Illinois.
  • The Sears tower in Chicago is the tallest building in the world.
  • Square dancing is the Illinois state dance.
  • The Chicago Post Office at 433 West Van Buren is the only postal facility in the world you can drive a car through.
  • The name "Illinois" comes from a Native American word meaning "tribe of superior men.".
  • The world's first Skyscraper was built in Chicago in 1885.
  • The first Dairy Queen opened in Joliet, Illinois on June 22, 1940.
  • Illinois is home to the world’s largest bottle of catsup.
  • The most popular boys name in Illinois is Michael. The most popular girls name is Emily.
  • At 1,235 feet above sea level, Charles Mound is the highest point in Illinois.
  • Illinois is home to the Chicago Bears Football team, the Chicago Blackhawks Hockey team, the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Whitesox Baseball teams and the Chicago Fire Soccer team. They cover all the sports.
  • Chicago is home to the Chicago Water Tower and Pumping Station, the only buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire.
  • Built in 1885, Home Insurance Building in Chicago, Illinois was the first skyscraper in the world.

The famous Route 66 runs right through Chicago, Illinois.
The famous Route 66 runs right through Chicago, Illinois. | Source

My first day in Chicago, September 4, 1983. I set foot in this city, and just walking down the street, it was like roots, like the motherland. I knew I belonged here.

— Oprah Winfrey

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Susan Hazelton


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