Chicago suburb gets rid of swearing ordinance

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PARK RIDGE, Ill. (AP) — It is now legal to swear publicly in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge.

PARK RIDGE, Ill. (AP) — It is now legal to swear publicly in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge.

In an effort to rid the city of questionable laws, the City Council eliminated a law that makes it illegal "to use profanity in any street, alley or public place of the City."

Park Ridge Police Chief Frank Kaminski says it becomes a freedom-of-speech issue when there is an anti-swearing law on the books, even when it isn’t enforced.

Also dropped from the city’s roster of laws was part of a disorderly-conduct ordinance outlawing the use of "abusive or obscene language" and gestures.

Kaminski said the city plans to look at an "indecent exposure" ordinance that not only prohibits nudity in public, but also bars the public wearing of clothing belonging to the opposite gender.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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