One month ago, ABATE was able to stall a ban on body armor that would affect certain types of protective motorcycle clothing statewide. Last week, the City of Chicago quietly passed their version of the same ban. SO2018-934 is a ban on "body armor" possession that passed the Committee on Public Safety on Tuesday, and was enacted by the Chicago City Council on Wednesday.
Under this Ordinance, Kevlar lined motorcycle clothes (Jeans, hoodies, jackets) could be considered "body armor" under definitions in this ordinance. ABATE of Illinois is trying to get a revised ordinance passed soon, but we may need to file a legal challenge to the ordinance too. PATRICK - Here is how you can help. Please call the ordinance sponsor Alderman Edward Burke at (773) 471-1414. Politely let the secretary know that you are a member of ABATE of Illinois, and you don't want to see protective gear banned in Chicago. Let them know that you would like to see an amended ordinance that excludes motorcycle clothing from this ban. Point out that ABATE has been able to work with the Alderman's Brother, Representative Daniel Burke at the State level to address our concerns with a similar ban.
After calling Representative Burke, please call Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Office at (312)744-5000, and let the staff know about our position on this ordinance. ... See MoreSee Less