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Joliet issues reminder on campaign signs

Campaign signs in this photo were for the March 2017 local primary elections and were posted  at the corner of Glenwood and Larkin avenues in Joliet.
Campaign signs in this photo were for the March 2017 local primary elections and were posted at the corner of Glenwood and Larkin avenues in Joliet.

JOLIET – Joliet is reminding residents of the city’s regulations on political signs.

Campaign signs have begun to emerge with the melting of snow and the approach of the March 20 primary election, which includes county, state and congressional races.

The Joliet zoning ordinance regulates the size and location of temporary political signs, according to a news release from the city.

Signs cannot be larger than 16 square feet in area, including the support structure. Signs cannot be more than 5 feet in height.

Also, signs must be placed on private property. They cannot be in the city’s right of way, which includes the parkway between street and sidewalk, or in the median.

Signs must not be placed closer than 10 feet from the edge of pavement. Signs placed near sidewalks must be at least 2 feet on the private property side from the edge of the sidewalk.

Posting signs on trees or utility poles is prohibited.

The city will remove and discard signs placed in the right of way or any other public property, the release said.

The city noted that state law prohibits municipalities from regulating how long signs can be displayed.

More information is available on the city website, www.cityofjoliet.info. Rules on political signs are found in the zoning ordinances in section 47-17.21.

Call the city at 815-724-4000 with any questions or to report violations.

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