The constitutionality of a River Forest ordinance limiting political signs on residential properties is being questioned by a village trustee. The local River Forest publication, Forest Leaves, reports that Trustee Thomas Cargie questions the legality of the ordinance which specifies that only one political sign, of specific dimensions, may be posted in a yard. When questioned on the issue, ACLU spokesman Ed Yohnka pointed out that the U.S. Supreme Court had stuck down a similar Missouri ordinance in 1994:

The bottom line [in the Supreme Court ruling] is that in many ways placing a yard sign with a political candidate’s name on it or taking a stand on a particular issue is for many of us the most intimate and most personal way we can express our political views to our neighbors and the people who move through our neighborhoods,” he said. “Undue limitations on that speech is something that clearly runs afoul of the Constitution.”

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