Mayor Jim Ardis working on "saggy pants" ordinance for Peoria

By WEEK Reporter

September 5, 2013 Updated Sep 5, 2013 at 10:21 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- There could be a "saggy pants" ordinance in the works for the city of Peoria.

At Thursday morning's breakfast chat gathering of Peoria City Council members, councilman Eric Turner said such a proposal is being considered.

"I heard yesterday and I think everyone in this room will be glad to hear it. There's an ordinance coming on saggy pants," Turner said. "Council will be voting on it. They've got it in a number of other communities."

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis said it will be awhile before any "saggy pants" ordinance is ready to formally be presented to the council.

The Village of Lynwood in Cook County has such an ordinance, put in place in 2008.

Mayor Ardis says they've had a lot of success with it since then that's why he is also working with the Village's mayor.

Ardis said, "If their parents don't teach them how to dress appropriately, we will. It's about respect and decency."

Mayor Ardis said it could be until next month before the ordinance will be ready to go to the council.

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