Nuns are suing a strip club just outside of Chicago. The strip club is located just behind the nuns’ convent in a suburb northwest of the city named Stone Park. The problems that the strip club are causing for the nuns include loud noise, glaring neon lights, all kinds of litter including empty alcoholic containers and used condoms, as well as the disturbances caused by regular fist fights, according to a Reuters report on Tuesday.
The convent, the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo, asserts that Illinois mandates a 1,000-foot buffer zone between places of worship or schools and venues featuring adult entertainment. Besides naming the strip club – which is named Club Allure – in the lawsuit, the village of Stone Park has been named also. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County Court last Friday.
The nuns’ lawyer in the court case is Peter Breen. He says that Club Allure opened – against the wishes of the nuns – last September. The adult entertainment venue is located across the back fence of the convent. The convent includes three chapels, a home for retired nuns, and a house for young women who have thoughts of becoming nuns. Attorney Breen says that the nuns have every right to pray and work peacefully without disruption from a strip club in their backyard.
Contrarily, the village of Stone Park’s attorney, Dean Krone, claims that the location limit of 1,000 feet applies to most of the state of Illinois. However, he stated that a one-mile restriction applies to suburban Cook County. That restricted area, he says, includes Stone Park. Krone went on to say that the Cook County limit is unconstitutional because it would prohibit any kind of strip club in the small towns in the county – which would violate free speech protections. According to the Huffington Post, even though the properties are side-by-side, the nuns’ properties are in the neighboring suburb of Melrose Park.