We were successful in changing the ordinance in Alton, Illinois!! We are now allowed to have 5 hens!! I was surprised how receptive our city was overall to the idea. It was a lot of work but happened very fast. The issue first arose in July with another resident that had chickens in the city limits got caught. The city said they would consider changing the ordinance(I don't think they expected anyone to get organized and pursue the issue). We jumped on the chance and by October 24th it passed.
I have been secretly keeping chickens in town for three years and jumped on a opportunity to change the law. I passed my inspection today and paid my permit fee. I though I might get a fancy permit certificate or a tag, but all I got was a anti-climatic receipt. Either way I am super happy to know that I am now abiding the law and my hens are safe!
My fancy permit!