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Judge upholds charge against Lakemoor woman's potty planters

By Charles Keeshan | Daily Herald StaffContact writer

Lakemoor resident Tina Asmus last year was cited by the village for having planters made from old toilets in her yard.

PAUL VALADE | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Published: 2/3/2010 11:18 AM | Updated: 2/3/201 11:19 AM

A McHenry County judge Wednesday refused to throw out a nuisance charge against a Lakemoor woman using two old toilets and a bathroom sink as front yard planters, rejecting arguments the village was applying its rules too broadly.

The decision by Judge Michael Caldwell moves Tina Asmus closer to a trial showdown with the village over whether the old bathroom fixtures are constitutionally protected artistic expression, as she maintains, or old junk that belongs in a landfill, not a front yard.

In his decision, Caldwell said whether the village is applying its nuisance ordinance unconstitutionally is a fact issue

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Added: Feb-4-2010 Occurred On: Feb-4-2010
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Tags: toilet art, nuisance, neighbors, complaints
Location: Lakemoor, Illinois, United States (load item map)
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  • Everyone's a critic. Opinions belong in the toilet.

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  • Wow. I guess it's time to take the dildo antenna ornament off my car.

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  • Oppression by the majority

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    • Meh, I'm sure he neighbors didn't appreciate her artistic taste and didn't want to have to look at a tacky toilet sitting on their neighbor's lawn. There always has to be that one person in the neighborhood doing something annoying just because they can.

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    • Yea and it might make selling a house there a little more difficult. Try saying don't mind the loon with her toilets and sinks on her front yard.

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  • what a shitty planter, gr8 idea though...

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  • Geeeze leave the lady alone already, if it blows her hair back to place plants in an old toilet then leave her be, if I had neighbours like that I would invite the hells angles around to camp on my lawn for a few week ends.................. that'l f*#%k-em.

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  • Wow...Lakemoor won't get to hire a policeman/fireman or get a new squad car this year after the civil countersuit...what were they thinking?

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  • I knew of a house years ago that the lady had ONE toilet in her yard with flowers in it. She had a tiny little sign that said "flower pot" next to it. Then she has a small childs brass style bed with flowers in place of the mattress, and again another sign saying, yes you guessed it, "flower bed". She was about 100 years old, a very large lot and no one messed with her. Her place looked like a nursery with all the flowers. Better than old furniture, broken down cars, trash. e More..

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