State's Attorney moves to shutdown McDonough Co. strip club
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:46:04 GMT —
The race is on to curb adult clubs in McDonough County.
State's Attorney James Hoyle filed an injunction Monday against Wildlife, a club on Route 136 between Colchester and Macomb.
Hoyle says the club, that opened in February, violates a state statute that requires all adult entertainment establishments to be three thousand feet away from homes, churches and schools.
The injunction comes the same day the county board's law and legal committee passed a final draft of an adult-use ordinance.
The proposal would set stricter guidelines for adult entertainment clubs.
"It requires them to register and it also requires us to be give the names of employees so we can check and make sure there's not prostitution or history of people with drug use," 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.
The draft will be up for a vote by the full board April 16.
If passed, the ordinance wont' affect Wildlife because the law wouldn't apply to clubs that are already open.
The injunction has yet to be served to Wildlife's owner Ron Gallahue.
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.