People Found On Bloomingdale Trail Risk Arrest Starting Friday

By Chuck Sudo in News on Oct 17, 2013 4:46PM

Construction on the Bloomindgale Trail is progressing nicely which will put a crimp in the workout plans of joggers who shouldn’t be using the trail anyway.

DNAInfo Chicago reports that joggers and other unauthorized personnel caught on the trail will risk being arrested starting Friday. Police had previously been issuing trespassers on the trail administrative notices of violations (ANoVs), which are essentially slap-on-the-wrist citations that don’t go on one’s arrest record.

Sgt. Felipe Reyes informed a group of residents who live near the Bloomingdale Trail about the change at a CAPS beat meeting Wednesday night and some residents answered the trail is already being used by joggers, bikers and others. The ongoing construction on the trail makes it “a dangerous place,” according to Reyes.

People caught on the trail who are issued criminal trespass charges must show up in court or run the risk of arrest. Pat Pierini, who’s lived near the trail for years, told DNAInfo she was happy for the announcement and said most of the trespassers are “youths in the middle of the night.”