— Kevin Eckstrom (@KevinEckstrom) June 18, 2014
Two words: nuns, strippers. AP colleague on this irresistible story also touching on zoning law, strip club rights: http://t.co/n0ZhByigSh
— Michael Tarm / AP (@mtarm) June 18, 2014
— NBC5 Investigates (@NBC5Investigate) June 10, 2014
Put another one in the “Godbeat sure ain’t boring” file.
I first read about the dispute between a group of Chicago-area nuns and a neighboring strip club in the Chicago Tribune:
A group of nuns is suing to shut down a strip club next to their convent in Stone Park that the sisters say keeps them awake at night.
The Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo Scalabrinians say in the suit that Club Allure has ruined their peace with blinking neon lights and loud thumping music. The nuns say they have witnessed drunken fights and found condoms littering the area.
The suit, filed against the club and the village of Stone Park, states that the club violates a state law against operating adult entertainment within 1,000 feet of a school or place of worship. The club is also near houses, and three neighbors have joined the suit.
“I think most people would find that offensive, to put a strip club next to a home for sisters,” said Peter Breen, attorney for the Thomas More Society, a nonprofit law firm that filed the suit on behalf of the nuns.
The Tribune offers a straightforward, non-cheeky account of the conflict, highlighting the nuns’ concerns, the tricky legal issues involved and the strip club’s response — all in less than 450 words.
The paper even provides a link to the lawsuit.
All three sources quoted — one each on behalf of the nuns, the municipality and the strip club — are attorneys. While that is entirely proper and journalistically sound, I found myself wishing I could hear directly from a nun. Or even a stripper.
The Chicago Sun-Times did quote a nun (although I’d rank its overall story below the quality of the Tribune’s):