Solicitors Defy Village of Arlington Heights Rules Today


Van that appeared to wait for crew but didn’t pick up two male/white door-to-door salesmen. The van left Rolling Lane as soon as two door-to-door salesmen left the block.

At least two separate crews of solicitors were on the streets today in Arlington Heights. Neither of the two crews logged in at the police desk as required, and it is unknown if they had any solicitor permits at all. One crew in the area of Fremont and Douglas Avenue about 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, claimed they were not solicitors, so they also claimed they were not required to carry solicitor permits. However, one of the solicitors, pulled a ‘certificate’ out of his pocket. He said the village required the certificate, and even took his fingerprint, which he proudly displayed on the certificate. After a call to a clerk in the Village of Arlington Heights Building Department that manages solicitor permits, The Cardinal learned there is no procedure for solicitors or survey takers that involves fingerprinting. The Cardinal also learned by calling in to the police desk that there were no solicitors logged in to the police desk for Tuesday, June 1, 2010. Which means even if a group of solicitors had a permit for today, they were not legitimately on the streets, because they didn’t log in to the police desk at police headquarters. Part of the reason solicitors are required to log in is so that residents can call the police desk (847-368-5300) to attempt to verify if a solicitor with a certain organization name is legitimately on the streets. The two solicitors that were not legitimately on the streets going door-to-door were male/white, both were in their early 20’s. One had thick blond hair and a thick build. Another was a male/white with light brown hair and a thin build. Both were about 5’9″ tall.



Silver van, appeared to be part of crew waiting for two male/white door-to-door salesman.

The second crew was going door-to-door on Rolling Lane, just north of Euclid Avenue at about 5:40 p.m. Tuesday. One neighbor on the street let two male/white subjects in her house. The two men, were described as male/whites in their early 20’s — one with a thick build and one with a thinner build (see photo). The men said their parents lived just around the corner on Scottsvale Lane, that they were selling magazines, and that they were trying to win a trip to Barcelona, Spain. The Cardinal was investigating the crews today and noticed a silver van pull up into Rolling Lane and turn around and wait at the curb — apparently waiting for the two male/white subjects that were going door-to-door. Inside the silver Econoline 350 van were two male/black subjects in their 20’s, about 5′ 9″ tall. One of the male/blacks was named Jesse. The two males/whites walked south on Rolling Lane toward Euclid Avenue. They walked close to the silver van, but did not get in, and kept on walking to Euclid Avenue. Then they turned and walked westbound on the north side shoulder of Euclid Avenue. That’s when the silver van left its position on Rolling Lane and also headed westbound and pulled over to the shoulder about 50 yards ahead of the two male/whites that were walking. When the two male/white men saw that they were being photographed by The Cardinal, they turned around and flipped the bird (yes, the naughty gesture) and the van that was apparently waiting for them pulled away and continued westbound on Euclid Avenue.


Two solicitors walking southbound on Rolling Lane in Arlington Heights. No lanyards with permits visible.


Walking past the van on Rolling Lane near Euclid Avenue.


Van pulls away from shoulder after camera aims westbound along the Euclid Avenue shoulder.

Solicitors tend to play on a victim’s guilt with a plea to help out the solicitor. After all Arlington Heights is the City of Good Neighbors, right? Who wouldn’t want to help out a poor college student? They often pretend to be local (‘live right around the corner’) while, in fact, many of the solicitors arrive in crews from other states. Some have drug problems and are actually abused by the crew leaders. Burglaries sometimes rise when solicitors come to town, and the intelligence gained by solicitors casing out neighborhoods can often offer the perfect opportunity for burglars in the team.


Solicitor is interviewed on the street last May about why he failed to obey a posted “No Solicitors or Peddlers Invited’ sign. He was nice enough and apologized, claiming he was blinded and saw the sign after he rang the doorbell. Check out the security video obtained by The Cardinal. What do you think? Did he scoff at the law and ignore the sign, or was he really blinded at the front door? Comments? Opinions? Should door-to-door solicitation be illegal? It is illegal in some communities. Are YOU a solicitor? Are you a former solicitor? Tell us about the job: GOOD or BAD! Comment here or on the YouTube page …

Residents are advised to take security precautions with solicitors, especially with ruse/scams also reported in the area where offenders can distract you from seeing other team offenders that may enter your house while you are distracted — and steal items from your home. Call 9-1-1 for all suspicious incidents, for solicitors that are rude or aggressive, for solicitors that don’t display a permit, and for solicitors that make strange comments. Don’t let people in your house, and don’t walk out of your house. Be especially careful outside in your yard, when your door might be unlocked.

5 Comments

  1. Anyone who lets complete strangers into their house this day and age is an idiot. Those are nice houses in that neighborhood, that is fairly secluded. If those men had bad intent, the news outcome would have been very sad indeed.

  2. I totally agree with the both of you… I myself think that people who let solicators inside are stupid.. I say this because I my self just recently quit after working with a magazine crew. We where taught a spiel about saying how we are blah blah son/daughter and doing a school project. I worked for quite some time and knew every trick up my sleeve on how to sell anyone even tho they weren’t interested to begin with. Did I feel bad? No! Do I now? yes!!! We are paid about 8 dollars for every childrens book or magazine we sell which are varied from 55 up to 86… I just recently found out the people don’t receive the books.. I guess the way they attracted me was by the money one earns… It’s true the money is definitely there… I made about 1000 a week from only going door to door, but after all I decided I wasn’t for me because little by little they where sweeping me into becoming one of them. I now feel horrible but there is really nothing I can do now… Besides feeling guilty… I know you both might think I’m a horrible person but reality teenagers these days are willing to do anything for easy money… Let me know what anyone thinks of me…thanks!!!

  3. Don’t answer your door unless you know the person. I encounter MANY solicitors at my Arlington Heights home during the year despite my posted NO SOLICITORS INVITED sign. One approached my home two weeks ago by frantically ringing the doorbell. He had no paperwork on him, no visible ID and kept screaming at me through the glass window in the door to “OPEN THE DOOR.” As I said “No thanks” and pointed to the No Solicitors sign he kept screaming at me and refused to leave. You can bet I called police. They were there in a matter of minutes. Don’t be intimidated by them, call police when you are harassed or they don’t observe the signage and they will find Arlington Heights an uncomfortable place to do their “soliciting.”

  4. Honestly sometimes calling the cop won’t do much, I had many occasion in which they were called on me, using what happens is we get stopped and questioned, when we do we use an actual spiel which is the actual one we are suppose to use.. The cops then also fall for it, we solicitors then tend to act as if we are leaving the neighbor hood but actually jump a few block over, worst case senario for us solicitors is getting arrested but we get bailed out within a few hours, thankfully that didn’t occurred to me, but most of the other sale agents experienced it but it’s no big deal for them cause most of them have nothing left for them or at least they think so… Usually what happens is they get picked up and usually smoke pot and sometimes drink just to supposably celebrate… Silly huh? Just be smarter! If you have any questions for me feel free to ask me, I’ll be more than happy to give you tip on how to out smart them! ;)

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