May 2, 1977 Board of Trustees meeting

"Dissemination of any material ...which promotes and incites hatred...is repugnant to the local standards of morality of the people of the Village of Skokie."

New Skokie law bans Nazi protests

Newspaper clipping: Skokie Life (5-5-1977)

During its meeting on May 2, 1977, the Skokie Village Board of Trustees unanimously passes three ordinances designed to prevent the threat of future neo-Nazi rallies in Skokie.

Skokie, Illinois Ordinances: An ordinance relating to parades and Public assemblies

Skokie, Illinois Ordinances: An Ordinance Relating to Parades and Public Assemblies (5-2-1977)

Listen to the recording of the Village Board Meeting (5-25-1977): An Ordinance Relating to Parades and Public Assemblies

The first of the three ordinances requires that any "parade, public assembly or similar activity" with more than fifty participants apply for a permit to hold the assembly.

The document specifies application requirements and grounds for permit revocation.

Skokie, Illinois Ordinances: An ordinance prohibiting demonstrations by members of political parties wearing military-style uniforms

Skokie, Illinois Ordinances: An Ordinance Prohibiting Demonstrations by Members of Political parties Wearing Military-Style Uniforms (5-2-1977)

Listen to the recording of the Village Board meeting (5-25-1977): Ordinance Prohibiting Demonstrations By Members of Political Parties Wearing Military-Style Uniforms

The second ordinance states that "public demonstration by members of political parties wearing military-style uniforms is repugnant to the tradition of civilian control of government and... to the standards of morality and decency of the people of the Village of Skokie."

Skokie, Illinois Ordinances: An ordinance prohibiting the dissemination of materials which promote and incite group hatred

Skokie, Illinois Ordinances: An Ordinance Prohibiting the Dissemination of Materials Which Promote and Incite Group Hatred (5-2-1977)

Listen to the recording of the Village Board meeting (5-25-1977): Ordinance Prohibiting the Dissemination of Materials Which Promote and Incite Group Hatred

The third ordinance, states that "the dissemination of any material within the Village of Skokie which promotes and incites hatred against members of any group by reasons of their race or national ancestry is repugnant to the local standards of morality of the people of the Village of Skokie" and prohibits such dissemination.

ACLU blasts new anti-Nazi ordinances

Newspaper clipping: Skokie Life (5-8-1977)

On May 4, The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) files a motion to overturn Skokie's ordinances because they violate the First Amendment (Collin v. Smith).