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Sycamore council approves ordinance which allows police to issue local trespassing ticket

SYCAMORE – Those charged with trespassing in the city of Sycamore could soon be issued a local ticket instead of a state one.

The Sycamore City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance that allows Sycamore police to ticket those charged with trespassing with a local offense for a less severe consequence.

“We get a fair amount of calls for a variety of different circumstances which you may consider trespassing,” City Manager Brian Gregory said. “And right now, our officers’ only option is to issue a state ticket.”

The council voted, 7-0, to unanimously approve the measure.

“It would be similar to the retail theft ordinance that the council passed last year,” Sycamore Police Chief Jim Winters said.

During the council’s Zoom virtual meeting, Sycamore resident Ashley Kirsopp asked in the Zoom comments section whether the new ordinance would address concerns several Foxpointe subdivision residents had during an Aug. 23 protest.

“Can Chief Winters explain to the council why the Sycamore Police Department did not respond to several 911 calls from scared citizens?” Kirsopp said.

Winters said the ordinance doesn’t have anything to do with protests.

“This ordinance is separate from a protest that went through one of the neighborhoods a couple weeks ago,” he said. “I have talked to several residents in that neighborhood. We did have officers there, we called a couple in. They can feel free to contact me directly.”

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