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Suburban Chicago Nuns Suing Strip Club, Village

WGIL Newsroom . State News 144

STONE PARK, Ill. (AP) — Nuns living in suburban Chicago are suing a strip club next to their convent, saying they have to deal with drunkenness, litter and public violence.

The Sisters of St. Charles named Club Allure Chicago and the village of Stone Park in their lawsuit, claiming the club violates Illinois zoning laws. Those laws mandate 1,000 feet between adult entertainment facilities and schools and places of worship.

Sister Noemia Silva says the nuns “hear the music when they’re praying” and they’re fighting for the club to close. The sisters’ property includes three chapels.

Stone Park Village Attorney Dean Krone says the village has acted legally and reasonably. Club representatives say they aren’t a nuisance to the nuns and the claims have no backing.

The lawsuit was filed Friday in Cook County court.

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