“‘Political’ Sign Posted Inside Pub Draws Tab of $31,000 in Municipal Fines — So Why Does the Owner Keep the Sign Up?”
“Dianne Rogge…wanted to renovate the building.
But after the city turned down her request for tax increment financing to pay for the job, Rogge struck back by posting a sarcastic sign: “No TIF for Us; Tks B’Ville.”
Although the sign is visible through a large pub window, it’s…inside the pub (i.e., on the inside surface of the window). Not that it matters to Belleville officials…they told her the sign is “political” and therefore illegal…they’ve been fining her…$500 a day…
As the sign’s been up since June 5…total fines exceed $31,000.
…Rogge isn’t budging…she filed a…civil-rights lawsuit against Belleville saying the city’s sign ordinance is unconstitutional. She seeks $50,000 in monetary compensation and damages…”