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Mar 13



Is it legal for our mayor to post his campaign signs in the new public park? Doesn't seem right. If this is allowed Miss Shaw, Mr. Carter and Mrs. Jenkins should post some of theirs there also.

Mar 13Edited: Mar 13

I totally agree!!! It seems totally inappropriate to put campaign signs for Village leaders on Village owned property. Just like it would be totally inappropriate to put any campaign signs for School Board Candidates on School property. I also think the large campaign signs in residential neighborhoods are TACKY and LOOK BAD!!!


Five or six large signs on a residential corner is OVER KILL and looks ridiculous!!!




Mar 13

Is it legal. Should we notify the authorities?

Mar 13Edited: Mar 13

Village Code: https://www.sterlingcodifiers.com/codebook/index.php?book_id=852.COMMUNITY


Signs specified in this section are in addition to the signs permitted in the respective use districts and shall not require a permit. Such signs are subject to the conditions and limitations set forth in this section:

G. Campaign Signs: Political campaign signs announcing candidates seeking public office and/or political issues and other pertinent information shall be confined to private property and shall not be attached to or located on public property. In any residential district, political campaign signs shall not exceed sixteen (16) square feet in area. In other districts, political campaign signs shall not exceed thirty two (32) square feet. Said signs shall be removed within seven (7) days after the election to which they pertain.

You could call the Village, but who in the Village will enforce this Village Code?

Mar 14Edited: Mar 27

Someone called the Village Hall and was told the campaign signs were on private property. Really???

According to the Sangamon County website, they are either on State of IL property or Village property. Neither of which is private property!!! https://tax.co.sangamon.il.us/SangamonCountyWeb/app/searchByParcelNumber.action





IL Dept Of Transportation has changed their policy regarding campaign signs this year. They have instructed their employees not to take down any campaign signs on State property unless they are still up after the election.


LW Sapp owns the three parcels south of the park next to Business 55.




06360300028 Village of Sherman



06360300046 Village of Sherman


6360302001 LW Sapp Enterprises


6360303001 LW Sapp Enterprises


6360300047 LW Sapp Enterprises



07310100001 Same issue on Zimmerman Rd. behind the State of IL Rest Area.

The Village owns the road right of way.


07310100010 State of IL owns land east.


May 17

The reason they were sent out was very transparent . It was clearly a campaign ploy and we’re stuck with the results .

May 18Edited: May 18

Very true at the taxpayers expense!!! Stuck with them all for another 4 years. :-(

Lets see how the campaign promises go!

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