- Associated Press - Sunday, March 2, 2014

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - The city of Belleville has agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a lawsuit over political signs.

The Belleville News Democrat reports that (https://tinyurl.com/ke9bvsb ) the city will make the payment to business owner Dianne Rogge, who sued after she was ordered to remove a political sign.

She claimed in a federal lawsuit that the order violated her civil rights.

The settlement also requires the city to change its ordinances to exempt political signs from regulation, which it did last month.

After the city denied Rogge’s request for $15,000 in tax increment financing incentives to redo the inside of her Pour Haus tavern, she put a sign in the window that said “NO TIF for us, Tks B’ville.”

The city said she would be fined $500 per day unless she removed it.


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