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No #*&@ing joke: Swearing now legal in Park Ridge

Updated: November 16, 2011 8:47AM



George Carlin would have been proud.

It is now officially legal to use the so-called seven dirty words — or any other kind of profanity one chooses — in public in Park Ridge.

As part of an effort to clean up city ordinances, the Park Ridge City Council deleted a law that made it illegal “to use profanity in any street, alley or public place of the City.”

Having an anti-swearing law on the books, even if it is no longer enforced, presents a freedom-of-speech issue, Park Ridge Police Chief Frank Kaminski said.

“Those laws aren’t really constitutional,” said Kaminski, who wasn’t sure how long the anti-profanity rule had been around.

The council also deleted a section of the disorderly-conduct rules that outlawed the use of “abusive or obscene language” and gestures.

And Kaminski said the city plans to look at an “indecent exposure” ordinance that prohibits nudity in public, but goes on to say that citizens cannot wear clothing belonging to the opposite gender while in public, though it does not specify what articles of clothing are appropriate for each gender.



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