For Immediate Release:
February 6, 2017
Chief Michael Ruth
Elmhurst Police Department
Solicitor Information for Elmhurst Residents
Elmhurst, IL — It has come to the attention of City officials that solicitors from energy companies are going door to door falsely stating that they are speaking to residents on behalf of the City, or that they are “certified” by the City. Solicitors ARE required to have a permit from the City, and if they do have a permit, they should be displaying a solicitor badge from the City of Elmhurst. The fact that an organization has been issued solicitors permit does not constitute an endorsement of the organization by the City of Elmhurst.
Anyone who wishes to solicit must apply for a solicitors permit at the City Clerk’s Office. All applicants undergo a background check with the Police Department. Once approved, each solicitor is required to wear a photo identification badge issued by the City Clerk’s Office around their neck so that it is visible at all times while they are soliciting.
If you have any concerns regarding any person soliciting in your neighborhood please call 911, let them know your location and that there is a solicitor in the vicinity who is in violation of City’s Municipal Code. By reporting the violation immediately, an officer will be dispatched while the solicitor is in the area. To call after they have left the area does not allow an officer to confront the solicitor in person.
For more information, please contact the Police Department at 630/530-3050 or visit elmhurst.org.