The Chicago Tribune reports on how some areas of the country, including here in Illinois, are outlawing people from wearing saggy pants, or pants that hang more than 4 inches off the hip. The town of Lynwood, Illinois has an active ordinance against the fashion trend, with fines of up to $750. Lynwood has issued 40 tickets under the ordinance so far. The ACLU of Illinois has criticized such ordinances as racial profiling and free speech violation.
"When you start to criminalize dress codes and suggest that the police are now responsible in some ways for how people are dressed on the streets, I think it's very troubling," said Ed Yohnka, Illinois ACLU spokesman.