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Rock Island To Vote On Downtown Loitering Law

Map of area affected by ordinance. Map of area affected by ordinance.

The City of Rock Island will consider a new loitering ordinance for the downtown area at the City Council meeting on Monday December 17, 2012.

The new ordinance would set limitations on loitering for 17 to 20 year-olds in the late-night hours on the Great River Plaza in downtown Rock Island.

Rock Island Police Chief Jeff VenHuizen says it's something business owners have asked for.

"Business owners approached us concerned about large groups of individuals under 21 years of age congregating downtown and not visiting any of the establishments. Police officers had observed similar behaviors, specifically in the area of the Great River Plaza."

According to the ordinance, persons between the ages of 17 and 20 years old, between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 3:00 a.m., Monday through Sunday, will not be permitted to loiter, congregate, or remain in public areas of the Great River Plaza.

City Manager Thomas Thomas says this won't hinder people from patronizing downtown businesses or visiting residents.

"We have several businesses that are open during these times and persons 17 to 20 years are still able to go them. In addition, our downtown residents in this age group should not be affected by this ordinance."

According to the city, if passed, the ordinance would be in effect by New Year's Eve.