City of Springfield appealing panhandling ordinance ruling
The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the city gave the appeal notice Wednesday. The ordinance banned requests for immediate donations within five feet of a pedestrian. It was city code from September to December of 2015 and since has been broadened to include all types of “aggressive solicitations.”
U.S. District Judge Richard Mills found the five-foot rule unconstitutional because it was content-based, regulating what a person said and not how they said it. The city is appealing to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.