CHICAGO -- Thursday night, the Melrose Park Village Board voted to join the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo and other Melrose Park residents in suing the Village of Stone Park and "Get It"/"Club Allure," a strip club that opened in the Sisters' backyard. The suit will allege that the placement of the strip club violates Illinois zoning law.
The nuns have been working against the strip club for two years, since before its construction. They're not ready to give up.
"Strip clubs don't belong next to convents and single-family homes," said Peter Breen, vice president and senior counsel of the Thomas More Society, who will be handling the suit. "We are dedicated to standing up for the rights of the Sisters, residents, and the people of Melrose Park, all of whom have been suffering disruption and damage from this strip club in their backyards."
The state of Illinois has a 1,000 foot buffer zoning law which forbids strip clubs from being placed within 1,000 feet of a place of worship. However, the Village of Stone Park allowed the $3 million "Club Allure" strip club to open in September, 2013, immediately adjacent to the Sister's convent, which itself houses three places of worship.
The Thomas More Society is preparing to file suit against Stone Park and the "Get It"/"Club Allure" strip club this week.