Batman would be subject to a misdemeanor, as would everybody else covering their faces in an effort to conceal their identities from the police, under a bill introduced in the Illinois legislature.
With some exceptions, an Illinois representative from Machesney Park wants those wearing masks to be subject to a class C misdemeanor. The bill was filed Aug. 31, at the end of the year’s legislative session, and has had no other action.
Under House Bill 4092, it would be unlawful to wear a “mask, hood, or device to conceal the identity of the wearer from a peace officer.”
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Exceptions include traditional holiday costumes on the holiday, those lawfully engaged in work or sports that require such covering, theater productions, gas masks during emergencies, or medical reasons.
It would make it unlawful to wear such a mask on private property without the written permission of the owner.
A class C misdemeanor, the least-serious type of misdemeanor, can carry 30 days’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $1,500.