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Council member suggests return of strip clubs

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EAST DUBUQUE, Ill. (KWWL) -

Back to when some say were better days in East Dubuque, it was known for having multiple bars, even strip clubs in its downtown area.

"At one time there were like 38 bars on the main street, between bars, clubs, and adult entertainment," said Michael Giellis who grew-up in the area. 

It's no longer like that. These days, Sinsinawa Street only has a handful of bars. As for the strip clubs, they're all gone -- most of those properties have been torn down.

During a recent city council meeting, Council member Adam Arling suggested adult entertainment return to the city.

But according to a Illinois state law, as of 2007, strip clubs can't be located within 1,000 feet of a park, school, forest preserve, public housing, cemetery, or place of worship. This means they're not allowed in the downtown area.

In speaking with KWWL, Arling said he's trying to find out where they draw the line. He says bringing back adult entertainment would be a good source of revenue for East Dubuque. He questioned if a restaurant like Hooters, would be prohibited. 

Multiple business owners who want to remain anonymous said they'd like to see the foot traffic strip clubs would possibly bring.

Others said its all bad. One in particular told KWWL, in the past they were more like burlesque shows, but it got worse overtime. Some of them were filled with illegal activity.

Others said the city is trying to clean-up its reputation from the past and be more family-friendly. Having strip clubs would go against that. 

Still, people familiar with the area say they'd like to see the city do better.

"I'd like to see 'em do something to bring the town back some life," added Giellis. 

A local ordinance also prohibits the strip clubs. Mayor Daniel Welp said it's not going to happen. 

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