CBS was first out of the box when WBBM-TV sent a reporter to the corner of Route 176 and Valley View Road i Prairie Grove to cover the story about the Village’s having issued tickets for flying an American Flag.
Fox News followed up.
New information provided follows:
Terry Trobiani says he was just trying to celebrate the Fourth of July when he placed two American flags on wooden poles in front of Gianelli’s, his hot dog and beef business along Highway 176.
“The next day the village administrator comes in and he gives me a pamphlet of the sign ordinance pertaining to flags,” said Trobiani. “He says you might want to read this.”
But just one day later, Trobiani says the village of Prairie Grove gave him two tickets for “improper display.” Those tickets are now taped to his restaurant’s front door.
Village President David Underwood told the station that th flags were “illegally too close to the road and could’ve blown into traffic” in an indirect quote.
Underwood added, “”I think it’s disgraceful, because he’s using the American flag as a tool to further his business interests.”
Trobian indicated he would fight the tickets and expected a roomful of supporters at the hearing.