“It’s Ridiculous That we Have Gotten to This Point” – Crowd Protests after Illinois Restaurant Owner Ticketed for Flying American Flag

A small business owner in Prairie Grove, Illinois was cited twice and fined $200 by the village for flying American flags outside his restaurant around the Fourth of July. 

Terry Trobiani, the owner of Gianelli’s, says he placed two flags along the road in front of his business to celebrate Independence Day. 

Just two days later, he was ticketed for “improper display” of what the city is calling “‘temporary signage.”

American Flag Citations


Trobiani says he has received massive support from patriots across the country who have been reaching out to him. Over the past few days, as many as 50 protesters have gathered at the restaurant to show their support for the family-owned business.

Protesters American Flag Citation

Even if he wanted to, The restaurant owner says he is unable to pay his ticket unless he signs a soviet-style letter admitting his guilt along with a subsequent letter promising that he will comply with every sign ordinance in the Village of Prairie Grove, forever. He plans to fight them in court “even if it costs more than paying the fine.”

In an interview with Fox News, Trobiani spoke about their flawed reasoning for the citations:

The American flag is a symbol of patriotism, its not a sign. They’re equating it with open-closed, dine in-dine out, product that you would serve in a restaurant. That’s why it falls under sign ordinance.”


The Village of Prairie Grove denies Trobiani’s claim, stating that their opposition is about the “location of the flag” rather than the flag itself. However, Trobiani told Fox News that this was not the case and explained that the city has, in effect, banned the American flag by designating it as a “sign” and placing a permanent ban of temporary signage on properties.

“They have a permanent ban on temporary signage, so by designating the American flag as a sign, it falls into their sign ordinance. So they’re saying it’s not about the flag, it is about the flag.” 

“If it was actually about the position of the flag or the display of the flag, they should have ticketed me for that and they didn’t.”

Here is the full Fox News interview:

Like the truly committed hypocrite he is, David Underwood, the  Democrat president of Prairie Grove’s Board, called Trobiani “disgraceful” for “using the flag as a tool to further his business interests.” In his weak excuse as to why the citations were issued, he said that the flags could have blown into the road.

No surprise there, just the sight of an American flag triggers these Marxists. 

MSNBC Analyst and NY Times Editor Mara Gay: The Sight of American Flags is “DISTURBING”

Like he says in his interview, “it’s ridiculous that we have gotten to this point.” 


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