It's a common sight throughout the Chicago suburbs – organizations soliciting donations at high traffic intersections.
Occassionally the practice garners the attention of local municipal governments. In 2010, Homewood voted to ban the practice, despite the fact that the fire department's "fill the boot" fundraiser brought in $25,000 over six years for the Muscular Dystrophy Assoociation, the Chicago Tribune reported.
In banning the practice, village officials in Homewood cited safety concerns and said that roadways were never designed for soliciting, the Tribune reported. However, charities view the practice as a valuable way to raise funds.
In February of this year Mount Prospect also addressed the issued. Trustees voted to limit solicitations to specific intersections, the Daily Herald reported.
In considering limits on such soliciting, Mount Prospect worked with several groups that utilize the practice including the American Legion and Knights of Columbus, the Journal and Topcs reported.