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Sisters and Residents Speak Out Against Strip Club Next to Convent

Thomas More Society Attorneys Address Adult Entertainment Venue's Legal Violations

Contact: Tom Ciesielka, TC Public Relations, 312-422-1333, 312-403-1333 (on-site mobile), tc@tcpr.net

MELROSE PARK and STONE PARK, Ill., June 18, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Thomas More Society attorneys address community members of Melrose Park and Stone Park who will gather in opposition to the Club Allure strip club.

WHEN: Today, Wednesday, June 18 at 2:30 p.m. (Central)

A procession will start in front of the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo convent and culminate with a press conference to begin sharply at 3 p.m. in front of Club Allure strip club.

WHO:

  • Thomas Brejcha, president and chief counsel, Thomas More Society
     
  • Peter Breen, vice president and senior counsel, Thomas More Society
     
  • Sister Noemia Silva, Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo
     
  • Sister Alma Rosa Huerta, Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo
     
  • Yesenia Sanchez, P.A.S.O. West Suburban Action Project
     
  • Stone Park and Melrose Park resident

WHERE:

    Procession, Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo convent, 1414 N. 37th Ave., Melrose Park, IL 60160
    MAP: goo.gl/bgGeKU 
     
    Press conference in front of Club Allure, 3801 W Lake St, Stone Park, IL 60165
    MAP: goo.gl/Gu7wLZ

AUDIO/VISUALS:

  • Procession of community members and nuns
     
  • Community members with signs opposing the strip club in their neighborhood
     
  • Attorneys, nuns, community activists, and community residents addressing media and crowd

BACKGROUND:
The Thomas More Society filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court Friday on behalf of the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo, the Village of Melrose Park, and Melrose Park residents against Club Allure and the Village of Stone Park.

The lawsuit states that Club Allure violates Illinois State zoning law, which mandates a 1,000 foot buffer between adult entertainment venues and places of worship and schools. The Village of Stone Park has allowed the $3 million strip club to open and operate immediately adjacent to the convent, which hosts three chapels, a home for retired sisters, and a house for young women considering becoming nuns.

Thomas More Society has asked the court to declare the strip club a nuisance and enforce the relief needed to redress and repair the defendants' violations of the plaintiffs' legal rights.

Read the Thomas More Society complaint filing here.

About the Thomas More Society
Thomas More Society is a national not-for-profit law firm that exists to restore respect in law for life, marriage, and religious liberty. Headquartered in Chicago, the Society fosters support for these causes by providing high quality pro-bono professional legal services from local trial courts all the way to the United States Supreme Court. For more information, visit
www.thomasmoresociety.org.