Political signs popping up like weeds across Central Illinois

By Mark Bullion

Political signs popping up like weeds across Central Illinois

October 23, 2012 Updated Oct 24, 2012 at 11:22 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- While they do serve a purpose of swaying people to vote for certain candidates, there are some important guidelines you need to know.

Peoria City officials say political signs in residential areas cannot be bigger than eight square feet.

For non-residential areas, signs cannot be bigger than 32 square feet.

Officials say there is no limit on the amount of signs you may have, but there is a time limit for non-residential properties.

"They have to be taken down seven days after the election. For residential properties, because of a change in state law a couple years, ago, there's actually no time limit, so if you want to leave up your campaign sign 365 days a year, then that's fine," said Peoria Acting Planning Director Ross Black.

Officials say political signs are not allowed in the public right of way and will be removed by city officials.

If you believe a particular sign is illegal, contact the Peoria Planning and Zoning Department at 672-6915.

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