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 300m 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 $US3 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
Stone Park attorney Dean Krone said on Tuesday that the 300m
limit applies to most of the state, but a 1.6km restriction
applies to suburban Cook County, which includes Stone Park.
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.