Solicitor cited after Montgomery crackdown
BY ERIKA WURST email@example.com September 27, 2013 4:02PM
Updated: October 30, 2013 6:42AM
Despite their most recent attempt to rid the intersections near Route 30 and Route 34 of solicitors, Montgomery police were dealing with the problem again late last week.
Police cited Adeline Ware, 52, of Chicago, for soliciting business or funds in a roadway in the late afternoon recently after he was spotted near the intersection of Route 34 and Hill Avenue, police said. He was issued a court date of Oct. 10 in Aurora Branch Court for breaking city ordinance.
Police said it has been about three years since the solicitors from Chicago showed up, ignoring local and state law by standing in the intersection and asking drivers for donations.
Nobody is really sure where they are from, or where the money goes. But, police do know that the method of soliciting does not follow the law, Police Chief Daniel Meyers said.
Local residents who have become tired of the roadway distractions brought their concerns to local police and government officials recently. Village President Matt Brolley, the area’s State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit (D-Aurora), and the Montgomery police are working to rid the village of the illegal solicitation.
Kifowit said that on any given day solicitors can been seen standing on medians at the intersection, holding everything from milk jugs to water pitchers, collecting donations from drivers who get stopped at the high-traffic location. And, the situation can get dangerous.
She said residents are concerned for their own safety, as well as the safety of the solicitors who weave in and out of traffic. Meyers said that extra patrol officers have been assigned to the area at times when the department usually fields the most complaints. He is encouraging residents to call the police department non-emergency number, 630-897-8707, when the solicitors are spotted.
Meyers said the solicitors get one warning before they are arrested for breaking both local and state laws.