From "Inside Online"
According to Title 10, Chapter 8 of the Municipal Code, as amended in February, an effort by Chicago’s city fathers to control litter has now made it unlawful to distribute free "newspapers, periodicals and directories of any kind on any public way or other public place or on the premise of private property in the city in such a manner that it is reasonably foreseeable that such distribution will cause litter."
Ald. Daley assured Inside that the amended legislation was aimed at the litter created by the distribution of fliers, coupons, and menus — not newspapers — and that she didn’t see a need to use this law to limit Inside Publications' distribution in the 43rd Ward. "This has become an issue of education — letting people know that it is wrong to dump unsolicited fliers in our community," said Ald. Flores on Tuesday. "We’re trying to avoid the scenario where there is unsupervised distribution that is open to the elements." Indeed, most of the seven pages in the amended law deals with regulating the distribution of fliers door-to-door… except for one pesky paragraph: Section 10-8-272 that regulates "Distribution of Newspapers, Periodicals and Directories." Ald. Flores says he is the source of the expanded citywide ban. He claims the expanded legislation was his response to his constituents’ complaints over litter created by the distribution of "some newspapers, phone books, menus, fliers, and coupons" in his ward."