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Can a municipality ban campaign signs on property owned by the municipality, such as at city hall?

As a general rule, Illinois municipalities can prohibit campaign and other signage from being placed on municipal property. However, Section 17-29 of the Illinois Election Code does allow campaign signs to be placed on government property that is being used as a polling place on election day, and also during early voting periods, so long as these signs are located outside of the campaign free zone, as defined by state statute. 


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Archived Question of the Month
April 2017
Can a municipality ban campaign signs on property owned by the municipality, such as at city hall? View answer
March 2017
What happens if the agenda for an upcoming board meeting was not posted online in advance of the meeting, but was posted at the local government's principal office? View answer
February 2017
Can a unit of local government reimburse an elected official or employee for entertainment expenses incurred while at a conference? View answer
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