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Lawsuit Filed Against Strip Club on Behalf of Neighboring Nuns

Carrie Dedrick | Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Lawsuit Filed Against Strip Club on Behalf of Neighboring Nuns

The Thomas More Society has filed a lawsuit against a strip club in Illinois, arguing that there is not enough space between the $3 million business and a convent. 

According to the Thomas More Society, the state of Illinois mandates a 1,000 foot space between adult entertainment businesses and churches or schools. 

The official complaint from the society was filed on behalf of the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo; it stated the strip club, the Get It/Club Allure, is located “in close and illicit proximity” to the convent, as well as a residential neighborhood.The society is asking the court to deem the strip club a public nuisance. 

“The Sisters have every right to pray and work peacefully without disruption from a strip club in their backyard,” said Peter Breen, Thomas More Society vice president. 

“Nor should children have to walk past the strip club’s litter of empty beer and whiskey bottles and used condoms. We are fighting for the rights of the Sisters, neighboring families, and people of Melrose Park. The Illinois state zoning law provides for their protection, and they deserve to have the law enforced.”

Publication date: June 17, 2014