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      McDonough County Board to vote on ordinance for strip clubs

      State's Attorney James Hoyle filed an injunction against Wildlife

      The McDonough County Board approved an adult-use ordinance Wednesday night.

      According to board chairman Matt McClure, the ordinance passed 13 to 2, with 1 pass, 1 abstaining, and 4 absent. It will set stricter guidelines for adult entertainment clubs.

      The county currently has nothing on the books for adult businesses.

      The proposal was submitted after the adult club Wildlife opened in February on Highway 136 between Macomb and Colchester.

      However, the ordinance will not affect Wildlife.

      "It's an existing business and will be grandfathered in. So the ordinance will govern future establishments of that type," McClure told KHQA.

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      Original story posted April 16 at 12 p.m.

      A draft of an adult-use ordinance will go to the McDonough County Board for a vote Wednesday night.

      The ordinance would set stricter guidelines for adult entertainment clubs.

      "It requires them to register and it also requires us to be given the names of employees so we can check and make sure there's not prostitution or history of people with drug use," State's Attorney James Hoyle said. "So it gives us a little control. It allows our sheriff and his deputies to go in there and monitor the situation."

      The committee made two changes to the draft before it was passed. Members wanted clubs to have mandatory security on site and to file all paperwork with the county clerk.

      If passed, the ordinance won't affect Wildlife, a club on Route 136 between Colchester and Macomb, because the law wouldn't apply to clubs that are already open. Wildlife opened in McDonough County in early February.

      An injunction was filed on the same day the county board's law and legal committee passed the final draft of the adult-use ordinance.

      State's Attorney James Hoyle filed the injunction against Wildlife.

      Hoyle says the club violates a state statute that requires all adult entertainment establishments to be three thousand feet away from homes, churches and schools.

      The first court hearing is scheduled for April 24.

      Hoyle says the club is allowed to stay open until a judge says otherwise.

      'We can't ban it, we can't prohibit it but if you don't control it we've seen in other places what can happen," he said.