ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — The City of Rockford toughens up its ordinances for adult entertainment businesses.
The move comes after Chantilly Lace and Exclusive Lingerie Boutique are shut down for code violations after the city received complaints of illegal commercial sex trade.
In light of the recent events, city leaders wanted to move forward quickly with new amendments.
“To prevent a situation where we have an applicant come forward who has been revoked, and we don’t have a specific or explicit disqualification in our ordinance right now,” said Rockford’s legal director Nicholas Meyer.
Licenses will now not be issued to an adult entertainment establishment if it’s permit has been revoked in the last five years or for any location in which an adult entertainment business license has been revoked in the last five years.
“This aligns with other ordinances that we have in place for tobacco and liquor, that they will not be able to come back with a certain period of time,” said 14th Ward Alderman Joseph Chiarelli.
Both business were in Alderman Tuffy Quinones’ 11th ward. He was happy to see them close down.
“I got a lot of phone calls,” Quinonez said. “Everybody is pleased with the City of Rockford and the police department for doing their job.”
City leaders say they have been discussing tightening the license ordinance for some time.
“These type of businesses that engage in illegal activity within their business has no place in Rockford,” Chiarelli said. “We just want to make sure, again, that we’re aligned with other ordinances that we have in place.”
Quinonez agrees. He hopes the new restrictions helps continue clean up midtown Rockford.
“We definitely don’t want no new businesses in coming in, so, if they see that the City of Rockford got ordinances here to make it hard for them to do business, they’ll look at other locations,” Quinonez said.
Aldermen say they plan on adding even more amendments to the adult entertainment establishment ordinance in the coming weeks.