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City of Springfield appealing panhandling ordinance ruling

This guy is at this intersection everyday for about a year now. He’s a fake, drives a brand new truck and has a nice home. He yells at people, darts in an out of traffic trying to get people to give him money. He claims he’s homeless a veteran but yet he talks on his cell phone, wears Carthart coats and counts his money standing at the corner. My entire subdivision is dick of this guy collecting money money from people that don’t know him. Lake St Louis has no law against pan handling. We are all willing to go to a Board meeting and complain, but we are O’Fallon residents and have no say. People have offered him jobs but he has told them it’s not good enough and makes more money doing that. In addition, we have now seen several other panhandlers collectively working that intersection now. There is a group of black males claiming to be collecting fir a charity that does not exist. I wish you all would do a story on him so you can expose him for the fraud he is.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ The city of Springfield says it will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that the city’s anti-panhandling ordinance is unconstitutional.

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.

City attorneys say the cost to appeal will be minimal. But panhandlers’ attorney Mark Weinberg disagreed, saying if the city loses it will likely owe another $20,000 in attorney’s fees.

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