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Law would ban booze at adult clubs
19/02/2009 - By floridasea.org

Law would ban booze at adult clubs
Diamonds Gentlemen's Club

Diamonds Gentlemen's Club

Patrons who drink a beer at Diamonds Gentlemen's Club could soon be kicked out, if the DuPage County Board passes a new law prohibiting the alcohol consumption at adult business establishments.

Patrons who drink a beer at Diamonds Gentlemen's Club could soon be kicked out, if the DuPage County Board passes a new law prohibiting the alcohol consumption at adult business establishments.

The board is expected to vote on the ordinance Feb. 10, more than a year after board member Jim Zay, R-Carol Stream, started looking into the issue. He was prompted to write the ordinance by seven deaths involving visitors to Diamonds -- a West Chicago-based all-nude strip club and the only establishment of its type in the county.

State law prohibits these types of establishments from offering both all-nude dancing and drinking. Diamonds allows patrons to bring their own alcohol -- a policy Zay and board members call a loophole that needs to be fixed.

They say mixing adult entertainment with drinking can prove to be a lethal combination, especially when that leads to drunken driving. The new law is intended to keep the two separate, not to shut Diamonds and similar businesses down, Zay said.

"We're not trying to shut them down," Zay said. "We just can't have people bringing it in."

The proposed law states that alcohol worsens harmful effects that adult establishments can have on a community and allows a minimum $1,000 fine for anyone who consumes alcohol on the premises. Members of the Judicial and Public Safety Committee unanimously approved the ordinance, which now just needs the thumbs-up from the full board.

The seven deaths associated with Diamonds patrons all occurred within the last four years and involved two DUI-related crashes and a homicide.

The most recent incident took place in November 2006, when a 29-year-old man was charged in the beating death of a pizza delivery woman.

Bradley Justice of Sandwich allegedly borrowed a cell phone from a Diamonds bouncer to place an order from the restaurant where the woman worked. After she delivered the pizza, Justice allegedly struck her repeatedly on the head with a blunt object, concealed the body underneath a truck and left with her money.

Zay said he is confident the ordinance will be passed next week.

"We are not denying anyone's right to visit an adult establishment in unincorporated DuPage County," he said in a written statement. "However, it is our responsibility as elected officials to ensure the public is safe from the secondary effects that may result from alcohol being served and consumed in these types of establishments."