Last week, the Oak Lawn police saw Anthony Mazar standing in the median at Cicero and 111th Street holding a sign stating that he was homeless and that any help would be appreciated.
Mazar had previously been seen in the same location in September and had been issued a village ordinance violation for “Soliciting for Contributions without a Permit”.
On December 4th, Mazar allegedly did not have a valid permit to solicit for contributions. Mazar had been warned in September that if he didn’t get a valid permit and solicited he would be arrested.
The officer took Mazar into custody and claim that he was verbally abusive while being arrested. Mazar, a 59 year old white male, was charged with soliciting for contributions in a roadway without a valid permit.
The village prohibits “Solicitation On Highways: Pursuant to 625 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5/11-1006(c), no person shall stand on a highway for the purpose of soliciting contributions from the occupant of any vehicle except when expressly permitted by village ordinance. The village shall determine by ordinance where and when solicitations may take place based on the safety of the solicitors and the safety of the motorists. The decision shall also take into account the orderly flow of traffic and may not allow interference with the operation of official traffic control devices. Solicitation on highways shall further comply with all other applicable rules and regulations of this chapter.”