The battle between the strip joint, Club Allure, and the annoyed neighboring nuns continues in Stone Park, Illinois, according to the Chicago Tribune on Friday. The nuns, along with several residential neighbors of the Chicago west suburban strip club, have stated their revised ongoing complaints against the gentlemen’s club. The nuns at the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo have once again spoken out in an effort to close Club Allure, a business they began legal action against nearly two years ago.
Revising the lawsuit which was refiled recently, the nuns claim they have overwhelming evidence of wrongdoing going on at their neighbor’s business. The allegations include prostitution and illegal drug use. The sisters say that these charges should get rid of their annoying neighboring business once and for all. The club is located at 3801 W. Lake St. in Stone Park and is within feet of the nuns’ residence which sits partially in Stone Park and partially in Melrose Park. Among the numerous complaints, the nuns say that the business violates a zoning law in the area as it is near a residential area. They also complain that there is noise and the nuisance of signage at the business, according to an ABC News report.
Their latest filing of complaints alleges that prostitution is taking place at the club, too. The suit was dismissed by Cook County Circuit Judge Peter Flynn three months ago because there weren’t enough details. However, the nuns have returned with more details. Within the latest filing, the complaint by the nuns describes an investigator’s experiences at the club. He visited the club about 20 times over approximately 2 years. He posed as a client and spent more than $1,200 during his investigative activities. His experiences assert alleged lewd and illegal activities, including prostitution, having occurred at the business. The investigation suggests that the investigator, though never disrobed, experienced the various levels of offerings at the club – at different prices – and climaxed with being solicited by one dancer who offered sex outside of the club for $250.
Other complaints by the club’s neighbors include details of a drunk young man wandering into the neighboring nuns’ mass one morning. He claimed he had been drugged. Since that unwelcomed and intrusive incident, the nuns have found it necessary to lock their door to conduct mass. Also, beyond the loud noise, the club’s neighbors complain of public urination. It was additionally mentioned that the nuns take to praying in their garden and that activity has been disrupted as the business’s wall is within feet of their garden.
Even though the complaining neighbors of the club say that there is loud noise and yelling that calls for police response, the city of Stone Park’s attorney Dean Krone appears to defend the club by saying that there have been few calls of complaints about the business to local authorities. The club also argues that they are operating legally. Robert Itzkow, a former owner of the club who is now one of its lawyers, says that prostitution does not occur at the club. He says:
Lap dancing is not prostitution. Women dance slowly with the customer and they certainly come in contact with each other’s crotches. And they have a license for that.
Itzkow also maintains that there are women mentioned in the complaint against the business who do not exist. The club’s attorneys feel that, again, the suit against the club will be dismissed as it has been in the past. They have described the latest complaint filed by the nuns as being false.