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(A) False personation; solicitation.
(1) A person commits a false personation when he or she knowingly and falsely represents himself or herself to be a member or representative of any veteran's or public safety personnel organization or a representative of any charitable organization, or when he or she knowingly exhibits or uses in any manner any decal, badge, or insignia of any charitable, public safety personnel, or veterans' organization when not authorized to do so by the charitable, public safety personnel, or veterans’ organization. “PUBLIC SAFETY PERSONNEL ORGANIZATION” has the meaning ascribed to that term in Section 1 of the Solicitation for Charity Act.
(2) A person commits false personation when he or she knowingly and falsely represents himself or herself to be a veteran in seeking employment or public office. In this paragraph, “VETERAN” means a person who has served in the Armed Forces or Reserve Forces of the United States.
(3) A person commits a false personation when he or she knowingly and falsely represents himself or herself to be:
(a) Another actual person and does an act in such assumed character with intent to intimidate, threaten, inure, defraud, or to obtain a benefit from another; or
(b) A representative of an actual person or organization and does an act in such false capacity with intent to obtain a benefit or to injure or defraud another.
(4) No person shall knowingly use the words “ Police,” “ Police Department,” “Patrolman,” “ Sergeant,” “ Lieutenant,” “Police Officer,” “Sheriff’s Police,” “Sheriff,” “Officer,” Law Enforcement,” “Trooper,” “Deputy,” “Deputy Sheriff,” “State Police” or any other words to the same effect;
(a) In the title of any organization, magazine, or other publication without the express approval of the named public safety personnel organization’s governing board; or
(b) In combination with the name of any state, state agency, public university, or unit of local government without the express written authorization of that state, state agency, public university, or unit of local government.
(ILCS Ch. 720, Act 5, § 17-2(a)(3))
(B) A person who violates any provision of this section shall be fined not less than $75 nor more than $1,000. In addition to any fine imposed hereunder, the offender shall be ordered to pay all of the costs and fees incurred by the city in prosecuting the violation, which shall include but not be limited to the costs associated with an administrative adjudication proceeding or court proceeding, and reasonable attorney’s fees.
(Am. Ord. 8110, passed 7-5-00) Penalty, see § 130.99