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Normal, IL Backyard Chickens

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by pixiekate, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. pixiekate

    pixiekate Hatching

    Jun 21, 2011
    My parents and I recently brought an ordinance to legalize backyard chickens in my hometown of Normal, IL. We bought and built a coop, drafted the ordinance based on those in similar municipalities, started a Facebook group, gathered petition signatures, talked to local media (most of which seemed to favor the ordinance), got a recommendation from the local planning commission, and brought the ordinance before the town council last week. Despite all of these things, the ordinance failed and only the Mayor voted in favor of allowing backyard chickens. Local council members cited reasons such as personal opposition, chickens being "too progressive," and property rights concerns. We are now investigating other possible ways of challenging the prohibition of backyard chickens. As a law student, I am working on doing legal research on the claim that prohibition is unconstitutional -- an assertion made by some advocates of backyard chickens -- but I have also read that some cities that have successfully challenged prohibition have published guides for other residents seeking to do the same. I cannot, however, find these guides online for the life of me despite finding references to them in articles in The New Yorker, other Facebook groups, and forum posts as none of them provide links. A series of Google searches also yielded no results. Has anyone here found these guides? What other avenues have you used to challenge anti-chicken ordinances once an appeal for change has failed? Thank you for any suggestions! My father, especially, has become disheartened in the face of the rejection of our ordinance, and I would just love to give him a guide to moving forward as a late father's day gift. [​IMG]

  2. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    I am hoping this will change....Normal IS chicken allowed city and I can not figure out why they would prohibit you from owning any.

    PM me where exactly do you live. I have tons of relatives living in Normal and Bloomington. Don't give up!
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2011
  3. Corissa

    Corissa Hatching

    Jan 15, 2012
    What ever happened with this? La Salle, IL has, just last week, passed a ban on chickens and we are fighting it. I have heard many people are in an uproar over this issue and the Mayors office has been inundated with e-mails and calls. If Normal has had regulations passed, where could I find them? I would like to have something to present to the council next week, January 23rd.

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