In Illinois, animals can be sent to jail.

A monkey once served 5 days in a Chicago jail for shoplifting.

Basketball hoops may not be installed on a driveway.

Trucks may only park inside closed garages.

Spitting on the sidewalk is a criminal offence.

No pool tables are allowed in a public establishment, because it supports gambling.

It is against the law to make faces at dogs.

You may not own a handgun.

There is a ban on unnecessary repetitive driving on 23rd Avenue.

Ice skating at the Riverside pond during the months of June and August is prohibited.

Bees are not allowed to fly over the village or through any of Kirkland’s streets.

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.

It is against the law to use a slingshot unless you are a law enforcement officer.

There is a $1,000 dollar fine for beating rats with baseball bats.

No bicyclist may practice “fancy riding” on any city street.

Sec. 28-345. Trick riding. No rider of a bicycle shall remove both hands from the handlebars, or feet from the pedals, or practice any acrobatic or fancy riding on any street. The chief of police or his agent is authorized to approve racing events under section 11-1514 of The Illinois Vehicle Code [625ILCS 5/11-1514]. (Ord. […]

Jostling others is illegal.

Sec. 15-108. Jostling and crowding.

No person shall jostle or willfully crowd any member of the public in any public or private place, or otherwise interfere intentionally with the peaceful pursuit of their affairs.

(Ord. No. 63-695, S013, 1-21-63)

It is illegal to burn bird feathers.

Sec. 4-23. Burning of animal matter; prohibited. No person shall burn any feathers, hides or any other animal matter within the corporate limits of the city. (Ord. No. 84-935, ? .10, 2-20-84)

No person may keep a smelly dog.

Sec. 4-6. Noise, odor, etc. No person shall keep or maintain any animal, poultry or fowl in such a manner to cause inconvenience or disturbance to other persons by reason of noise, odor or other cause. (Ord. No. 84-935, ? .0311, 2-20-84)

It is unlawful for “negroes” to be within county boundaries from sundown to sunrise.

Bowling is forbidden.

Wheelbarrows with For-Sale signs may not be chained to trees.

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.

It is legal to protest naked in front of city hall as long as you are under seventeen years of age and have legal permits.

Kites may not be flown within the city limits.

All businesses entering into contracts with the city must sift through their records and report any business they had dealing with slaves during the era of slavery.

Slavery Era Disclosure Ordinance (Source: Downey, Sarah. Slavery Disclosure Time. Newsweek. January 27, 2003.)

One may not urinate in their neighbor’s mouth