Suburban nuns sue strip club, say its close to convent

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A group of nuns in Stone Park is suing a strip club operating next door, saying the club is operating illegally close to a place of worship.

The Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo say in the suit that Club Allure, located next to the garden in the nuns’ backyard, has plagued them with drunken fights, blinking neon lights, loud noise and used condoms.

But an attorney for the strip club says it’s a good neighbor and it isn’t going anywhere.

The suit, filed on the nuns’ behalf by the Thomas More Society against Club Allure and the Village of Stone Park, states that the club violates a state law against operating adult entertainment within 1,000 feet of a school or place of worship.

Dean Krone, an attorney for the village of Stone Park, said that the state law is unconstitutional because it is overly broad in prohibiting such uses within one mile of houses of worship. That would eliminate any site in the village.  But under the 1st Amendment guaranteeing freedom of expression, Krone said, the courts have ruled that municipalities may not put blanket bans on strip clubs.

Village board members initially denied a strip club proposed by the same owners in 2009, Krone said, but when the owners sued, the village settled the suit by allowing the club, to avoid spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees.

The convent is home to active nuns, retired nuns, and novices considering becoming nuns.

“The Sisters have every right to pray and work peacefully without disruption from a strip club in their backyard,” Peter Breen, attorney for the Thomas More Society, stated in a news release. “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.”

Part of the convent is located in Melrose Park, which is also a plaintiff in the suit.

The nuns are planning to hold a news conference tomorrow afternoon with their attorneys, as well as other neighbors, to discuss more about the lawsuit.

An attorney for Club Allure says he intends to file a counter lawsuit.  He also says he expects this case to be dismissed.

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  • gio

    I support the owner of the strip club and his constitutional rights but what was he thinking when he decided to build this place??? There are plenty of other parcels of land in Stone Park that he could have gone about his business and saved aggravation for himself and other neighbors.

    • Justin

      This place is on the main drag, and according to google maps its more like 2-3 blocks away, not right next door.

      Also why are they only suing Alure, and not Scores which is right next door?
      Story isn't complete

  • John

    There is no redeaming value in these type of clubs, entertainment that exploit woman as their main subject. These clubs attract every Moron in society. The Nuns are the only ones in Stone Park, the State of Illinois and the law with the courage to stand up to the Devil.

    • Leisure Suit Larry

      The men are the ones that are giving away their hard earned money to women they will never have any chance with. Seems like the guys are the ones being exploited lol. As for redeeming value, it isn't a shock that a religious kook thinks his opinion is the only one that matters and that the world should be only the way he wants it. Try and realize that you take your orders from an imaginary man in the sky that is as real as Santa Claus. If you don't feel silly, you just are not very bright.

    • Justin

      Yea because it's only right for one persons religious views to be imposed on an entire society.
      That's a lot less oppressive than consenting adults showing nudity for someones money right?
      Exploited? They are consenting adults, nobody is being exploited.

    • Incipio

      While I do not like these clubs – they have a right to exist and make a profit (if they can)… They employ people, pay their taxes and etc…so who are we to say they cannot be there because of our own personal moral code?

    • isaac

      I couldn’t agree more john if your idea of entertainment is spending money to watch and crave naked women, you’re much worse than a moron.

  • thelogicalpositivist

    This club has to right to exist despite the anti-freedom laws but I agree that the neon lights and loud noises are intrusive.

    • gus

      you mind keeping lowlife ideologies like this to yourself? it takes plenty courage to stand up for ones beliefs as so. At least the nuns have Some contribution to their community.

  • shoobyboppitydoo

    i’d like to propose a law, along the same lines as the one the nuns say is being violated: No places of worship of any kind shall be allowed to operate within 1,000 miles of…anything

    trust me, we’d all be better off….oh, and ladies, if your god is everywhere, it doesn’t matter where the strip club is operating, he’s there already…buncha nuncompoops

    • peter

      it’s called freedom of religion you cretin. don’t like it? well too bad… you need to have some respect for everyone’s beliefs whether they’re like yours or not.