One of the new laws in the New Year makes it even more of a crime to litter cigarette butts: The fine is now $1,500. Lori Gummow, executive director of Loves Park-based Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful, says police tell her they'll make an effort to enforce this.
“They informed me that when it’s only $50, it’s really not worth their time,” says Gummow, citing the time it takes to proceed through everything involved in someone challenging a ticket. “They said for a $1,500 fine, it’s definitely worth their time to pursue those.”
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Gummow, who has been in her position for more than 25 years, says even in our fast-food society, and even with fewer people smoking than in past decades, cigarette butts remain the No. 1 thing that people litter.