Nuns sue strip club near their
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[June 18, 2014]
By Mary Wisniewski
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A group of
Chicago-area nuns is suing a strip club behind their convent,
complaining of noise, glaring neon lights, fist fights and heaps of
litter that include empty whiskey bottles and used condoms.
The Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo said Illinois
mandates a 1,000-foot (300-meter) buffer zone between adult
entertainment venues and places of worship or schools. The suit,
filed on Friday in Cook County, also names the village of Stone
Park, where the strip club is located.
The $3 million Club Allure opened last September across the back
fence of the convent, which has three chapels, a home for retired
sisters, and a house for young women thinking about becoming nuns,
the nuns' lawyers said.
"The Sisters have every right to pray and work peacefully without
disruption from a strip club in their backyard," Peter Breen, the
lawyer for the nuns, said in a statement.
A representative for the club was not immediately available for
Stone Park attorney Dean Krone said on Tuesday that the 1,000-foot
limit applies to most of the state, but a one-mile (1.6 km)
restriction applies to suburban Cook County, which includes Stone
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He said 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.
(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Eric Beech)
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