Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Article I - Sexually Oriented Businesses

This Code shall be enforced from and after the date of adoption.

(Ord. No. 2005–8; 03–21–05)

All ordi­nances or parts of ordi­nances address­ing sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness­es in con­flict with the pro­vi­sions of this Code are here­by repealed.

If any sec­tion, sub­sec­tion, or clause of this Code shall be deemed to be uncon­sti­tu­tion­al or oth­er­wise invalid, the valid­i­ty of the remain­ing sec­tions, sub­sec­tions, and claus­es shall not be affected.

A per­son who oper­ates or caus­es to be oper­at­ed a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness with­out a valid license or in vio­la­tion of Sec­tion 7–1‑12 of this Code is sub­ject to a suit for injunc­tion as well as pros­e­cu­tion for crim­i­nal vio­la­tions.  Such vio­la­tions shall be pun­ish­able by a fine of Five Hun­dred Dol­lars ($500.00) or thir­ty (30) days impris­on­ment.  Each day a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness so oper­ates is a sep­a­rate offense or violation.

It is a defense to pros­e­cu­tion under Sec­tion 7–1‑17that a per­son appear­ing in a state of nudi­ty did so in a mod­el­ing class operated:

(A) By a pro­pri­etary school, licensed by the State of Illi­nois; a col­lege, junior col­lege, or uni­ver­si­ty sup­port­ed entire­ly or part­ly by taxation;

(B) By a pri­vate col­lege or uni­ver­si­ty which main­tains and oper­ates edu­ca­tion­al pro­grams in which cred­its are trans­fer­able to a col­lege, junior col­lege, or uni­ver­si­ty sup­port­ed entire­ly or part­ly by tax­a­tion; or

(C) In a structure:

  1. Which has no sign vis­i­ble from the exte­ri­or of the struc­ture and no oth­er adver­tis­ing that indi­cates a nude per­son is avail­able for view­ing; and
  2. Where, in order to par­tic­i­pate in a class a stu­dent must enroll at least three (3) days in advance of the class; and
  3. Where no more than one (1) nude mod­el is on the premis­es at any one time.

No sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness, except for an adult motel, may remain open at any time between the hours of one o’clock (1:00) A.M.and eight o’clock (8:00) A.M. on week­days and Sat­ur­days, and one o’clock (1:00) A.M.and noon (12:00) P.M. on Sundays.

A per­son com­mits a Class A mis­de­meanor if the per­son know­ing­ly allows a per­son under the age of eigh­teen (18) years on the premis­es of a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness.  This Sec­tion does not pre­clude the admin­is­tra­tion of jus­tice in accor­dance with the laws of the State ofIll­i­nois as they may be found with­in the Crim­i­nal Code or otherwise.

(A) It shall be a Class A mis­de­meanor for a per­son who know­ing­ly and inten­tion­al­ly, in a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness, appears in a state of nudi­ty or depicts spec­i­fied sex­u­al activities.

(B) It shall be a mis­de­meanor for a per­son who know­ing­ly or inten­tion­al­ly in a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness appears in a semi-nude con­di­tion unless the per­son is an employ­ee who, while semi-nude, shall be at least ten (10) feet from any patron or cus­tomer and on a stage at least two (2) feet from the floor.

(C) It shall be a Class A mis­de­meanor for an employ­ee, while semi-nude in a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness, to solic­it any pay or gra­tu­ity from any patron or cus­tomer or for any patron or cus­tomer to pay or give any gra­tu­ity to any employ­ee, while said employ­ee is semi-nude in a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed business.

(D) It shall be a Class A mis­de­meanor for an employ­ee, while semi-nude, to touch a cus­tomer or the cloth­ing of a customer.

(A) A nude mod­el stu­dio shall not employ any per­son under the age of eigh­teen (18) years.

(B) A per­son under the age of eigh­teen (18) years com­mits an offense if the per­son appears semi-nude or in a state of nudi­ty in or on the premis­es of a nude mod­el stu­dio.  It is a defense to pros­e­cu­tion under this sub­sec­tion if the per­son under eigh­teen (18) years was in a restroom not open to pub­lic view or vis­i­ble to any oth­er per­son.  Any vio­la­tion of this Sec­tion shall be addressed in accor­dance with and to the full extent of the laws of the State ofIllinois.

(C) A per­son com­mits an offense if the per­son appears in a state of nudi­ty, or know­ing­ly allows anoth­er to appear in a state of nudi­ty in an area of a nude mod­el stu­dio premis­es which can be viewed from the pub­lic right of way.

(D) A nude mod­el stu­dio shall not place or per­mit a bed, sofa, or mat­tress in any room on the premis­es, except that a sofa may be placed in a recep­tion room open to the public.

(A) An escort agency shall not employ any per­son under the age of eigh­teen (18) years.

(B) A per­son com­mits an offense if the per­son acts as an escort or agrees to act as an escort for any per­son under the age of eigh­teen (18) years.

(A) A per­son who oper­ates or caus­es to be oper­at­ed a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness, oth­er than an adult motel, which exhibits on the premis­es in a view­ing room of less than one hun­dred fifty (150) square feet of floor space, a film, video cas­sette, live enter­tain­ment, or oth­er video repro­duc­tion which depicts spec­i­fied sex­u­al activ­i­ties or spec­i­fied anatom­i­cal areas, shall com­ply with the fol­low­ing requirements:

  1. Upon appli­ca­tion for a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed license, the appli­ca­tion shall be accom­pa­nied by a dia­gram of the premis­es show­ing a plan there­of spec­i­fy­ing the loca­tion of one or more manager’s sta­tions and the loca­tion of all over­head light­ing fix­tures and des­ig­nat­ing any por­tion of the premis­es in which patrons will not be per­mit­ted.  A manager’s sta­tion may not exceed thir­­­ty-two (32) square feet of floor area.  The dia­gram shall also des­ig­nate the place at which the per­mit will be con­spic­u­ous­ly post­ed, if grant­ed.  A pro­fes­sion­al­ly pre­pared dia­gram in the nature of an engineer’s or architect’s blue­print shall not be required; how­ev­er, each dia­gram should be ori­ent­ed to the north or to some des­ig­nat­ed street or object and should be drawn to a des­ig­nat­ed scale or with marked dimen­sions suf­fi­cient to show the var­i­ous inter­nal dimen­sions of all areas of the inte­ri­or of the premis­es to an accu­ra­cy of plus or minus six (6) inch­es.  The Coun­ty may waive the fore­go­ing dia­gram for renew­al appli­ca­tions if the appli­cant adopts a dia­gram that was pre­vi­ous­ly sub­mit­ted and cer­ti­fies that the con­fig­u­ra­tion of the premis­es has not been altered since it was prepared.
  2. The appli­ca­tion shall be sworn to be true and cor­rect by the applicant.
  3. No alter­ation in the con­fig­u­ra­tion or loca­tion of a manager’s sta­tion may be made with­out the pri­or approval of the County.
  4. It is the duty of the licensee of the premis­es to ensure that at least one licensed employ­ee is on duty and sit­u­at­ed in each manager’s sta­tion at all times that any patron is present inside the premises.
  5. The inte­ri­or of the premis­es shall be con­fig­ured in such a man­ner that there is an unob­struct­ed view from a manager’s sta­tion of every area of the premis­es to which any patron is per­mit­ted access for any pur­pose, exclud­ing restrooms.  Restrooms may not con­tain video repro­duc­tion equip­ment.  If the premis­es has two or more manager’s sta­tions des­ig­nat­ed, then the inte­ri­or of the premis­es shall be con­fig­ured in such a man­ner that there is an unob­struct­ed view of each area of the premis­es to which any patron is per­mit­ted access for any pur­pose from at least one of the manager’s sta­tions.  The view required in this sub­sec­tion must be by direct line of sight from the manager’s station.
  6. It shall be the duty of the licensee to ensure that the view area spec­i­fied in sub­sec­tion (5) remains unob­struct­ed by any doors, cur­tains, par­ti­tions, walls, mer­chan­dise, dis­play racks or oth­er mate­ri­als and, at all times, to ensure that no patron is per­mit­ted access to any area of the premis­es which has been des­ig­nat­ed as an area in which patrons will not be per­mit­ted in the appli­ca­tion filed pur­suant to sub­sec­tion (1) of this Section.
  7. No view­ing room may be occu­pied by more than one (1) per­son at any time.
  8. The premis­es shall be equipped with over­head light­ing fix­tures of suf­fi­cient inten­si­ty to illu­mi­nate every place to which patrons are per­mit­ted access at an illu­mi­na­tion of not less than five (5) foot can­dles as mea­sured at the floor level.
  9. It shall be the duty of the licensee to ensure that the illu­mi­na­tion described above is main­tained at all times that any patron is present in the premises.
  10. No licensee shall allow open­ings of any kind to exist­ing between view­ing rooms or booths.
  11. No per­son shall make or attempts to make an open­ing of any kind between view­ing booths or rooms.
  12. The licensee shall, dur­ing each busi­ness day, reg­u­lar­ly inspect the walls between the view­ing booths to deter­mine if any open­ings or holes exist.
  13. The licensee shall cause all floor cov­er­ings in view­ing booths to be non­porous, eas­i­ly clean­able sur­faces, with no rugs or carpeting.
  14. The licensee shall cause all wall sur­faces and ceil­ing sur­faces in view­ing booths to be con­struct­ed of, or per­ma­nent­ly cov­ered by, non­porous, eas­i­ly clean­able mate­r­i­al.  No wood, ply­wood, com­po­si­tion board or oth­er porous mate­r­i­al shall be used with­in forty-eight (48) inch­es of the floor.

(B) A per­son hav­ing a duty under sub­sec­tion (1) through (14) of sub­sec­tion (A) above com­mits a Class A mis­de­meanor if he know­ing­ly fails to ful­fill that duty.

(A) Evi­dence that a sleep­ing room in a hotel, motel, or a sim­i­lar com­mer­cial estab­lish­ments has been rent­ed and vacat­ed two (2) or more times in a peri­od of time that is less than ten (10) hours cre­ates a rebut­table pre­sump­tion that the estab­lish­ment is an adult motel as that term is defined in this Code.  This Sec­tion is not enact­ed to pro­mote or allow the act of pros­ti­tu­tion, and in no way is enact­ed con­trary to any cur­rent or future laws adopt­ed by the State of Illi­nois address­ing pros­ti­tu­tion or adult motels.

(B) A per­son com­mits a Class A mis­de­meanor if, as the per­son in con­trol of a sleep­ing room in a hotel, motel, or sim­i­lar com­mer­cial estab­lish­ment that does not have a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed license, he rents or sub-rents a sleep­ing room to a per­son and, with­in ten (1) hours from the time the room is rent­ed, he rents or sub-rents the same sleep­ing room again.

(C) For pur­pos­es of sub­sec­tion (B) of this Sec­tion, the terms “rent” or “sub-rent” mean the act of per­mit­ting a room to be occu­pied for any form of consideration.

(A) A per­son com­mits a mis­de­meanor if that per­son oper­ates or caus­es to be oper­at­ed a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness with­in any restrict­ed area as defined and described herein.

(B) A per­son com­mits an offense if the per­son oper­ates or caus­es to be oper­at­ed a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness with­in one thou­sand (1,000) feet of:

  1. A church, syn­a­gogue, mosque, tem­ple or build­ing which is used pri­mar­i­ly for reli­gious wor­ship and relat­ed reli­gious activities;
  2. A pub­lic or pri­vate edu­ca­tion­al facil­i­ty includ­ing but not lim­it­ed to child day care facil­i­ties, nurs­ery schools, preschools, kinder­gartens, ele­men­tary schools, pri­vate schools, inter­me­di­ate schools, junior high schools, mid­dle schools, high schools, voca­tion­al schools, sec­ondary schools, con­tin­u­a­tion schools, spe­cial edu­ca­tion schools, junior col­leges, and uni­ver­si­ties; school includes the school grounds or oth­er school prop­er­ty where chil­dren may be present, but does not include school facil­i­ties used pri­mar­i­ly for anoth­er purpose;
  3. A bound­ary of a res­i­den­tial dis­trict as defined in any zon­ing code of any incor­po­rat­ed area of the Coun­ty or any approved sub­di­vi­sion locat­ed with­in the unin­cor­po­rat­ed lim­its of the County;
  4. A pub­lic park or recre­ation­al area which has been des­ig­nat­ed for park or recre­ation­al activ­i­ties includ­ing but not lim­it­ed to a park, play­ground, nature trails, swim­ming pool, reser­voir, ath­let­ic field, bas­ket­ball or ten­nis courts, pedestrian/bicycle paths, wilder­ness areas, or oth­er sim­i­lar pub­lic land with­in the Coun­ty which is under the con­trol, oper­a­tion, or man­age­ment of the Coun­ty, State, or oth­er recre­ation authorities;
  5. The prop­er­ty line of a lot devot­ed to a res­i­den­tial use as approved by the Coun­ty Board;
  6. An enter­tain­ment busi­ness which is ori­ent­ed pri­mar­i­ly towards chil­dren or fam­i­ly enter­tain­ment; or
  7. A licensed premis­es, licensed pur­suant to the alco­holic bev­er­age con­trol reg­u­la­tions of the State.

(C) A per­son com­mits a Class A mis­de­meanor if that per­son caus­es or per­mits the oper­a­tion, estab­lish­ment, sub­stan­tial enlarge­ment, or trans­fer of own­er­ship or con­trol of a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness with­in one thou­sand (1,000) feet of anoth­er sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed business.

(D) A per­son com­mits a Class A mis­de­meanor if that per­son caus­es or per­mits the oper­a­tion, estab­lish­ment, or main­te­nance of more than one sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness in the same build­ing, struc­ture, or por­tion there­of, or the increase of floor area of any sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness in any build­ing, struc­ture, or por­tion there­of con­tain­ing anoth­er sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed business.

(E) For the pur­pose of sub­sec­tion (B) of this Sec­tion, mea­sure­ment shall be made in a straight line, with­out regard to the inter­ven­ing struc­tures or objects, from the near­est por­tion of the build­ing or struc­ture used as the part of the premis­es where a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness is con­duct­ed, to the near­est prop­er­ty line of the premis­es of a use list­ed in sub­sec­tion (B).  Pres­ence of a city, coun­ty or oth­er polit­i­cal 
sub­di­vi­sion bound­ary shall be irrel­e­vant for pur­pos­es of cal­cu­lat­ing and apply­ing the dis­tance require­ments of this Section.

(F) For pur­pos­es of sub­sec­tion (C) of this Sec­tion, the dis­tance between any two sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness­es shall be mea­sured in a straight line, with­out regard to the inter­ven­ing struc­tures or objects or polit­i­cal bound­aries, from the clos­est exte­ri­or wall of the struc­ture in which each busi­ness is located.

(G) Any sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness law­ful­ly oper­at­ing on the date of enact­ment of this Code, that is in vio­la­tion of sub­sec­tion (A) through (F) of this Sec­tion shall be deemed a non­con­form­ing use.  The non­con­form­ing udse will be per­mit­ted to con­tin­ue for a peri­od not to exceed one (1) year, unless soon­er ter­mi­nat­ed for any rea­son or vol­un­tar­i­ly dis­con­tin­ued for a peri­od of thir­ty (30) days or more.  Such non­con­form­ing uses shall not be increased, enlarged, extend­ed, or altered except that the use may be changed to a con­form­ing use.  If two or more sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness­es are with­in one thou­sand (1,000) feet of one anoth­er and oth­er­wise in a per­mis­si­ble loca­tion, the sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness which was first estab­lished and con­tin­u­al­ly oper­at­ing at a par­tic­u­lar loca­tion is the con­form­ing use and the lat­er estab­lished business(es) is/are nonconforming.

(H) A sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness law­ful­ly oper­at­ing as a con­form­ing use is not ren­dered a non­con­form­ing use by the loca­tion, sub­se­quent to the grant or renew­al of the sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness license, of a use list­ed in sub­sec­tion (B) of this Sec­tion with­in one thou­sand (1,000) feet of the sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness.  This pro­vi­sion applies only to the renew­al of a valid license, and does not apply when an appli­ca­tion for a license is sub­mit­ted after a license has expired or been revoked.

A licensee shall not trans­fer his/her license to anoth­er, nor shall a licensee oper­ate a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness under the author­i­ty of a license at any place oth­er than the address des­ig­nat­ed in the application.

(A) The Coun­ty shall revoke a license if a cause of sus­pen­sion in Sec­tion 7–1‑9 occurs and the license has been sus­pend­ed with­in the pre­ced­ing twelve (12) months.

(B) The Coun­ty shall revoke a license if it deter­mines that:

  1. A licensee gave false or mis­lead­ing infor­ma­tion in the mate­r­i­al sub­mit­ted dur­ing the appli­ca­tion process;
  2. A licensee has know­ing­ly allowed pos­ses­sion, use, or sale of con­trolled sub­stances on the premises;
  3. A licensee has know­ing­ly allowed pros­ti­tu­tion on the premises;
  4. A licensee know­ing­ly oper­at­ed the sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness dur­ing a peri­od of time when the licensee’s license was suspended;
  5. Except in the case of an adult motel, a licensee has know­ing­ly allowed any act of sex­u­al inter­course, sodomy, oral cop­u­la­tion, mas­tur­ba­tion, or oth­er sex act to occur in or on the licensed premis­es; or
  6. A licensee is delin­quent in pay­ment to the Coun­ty or State for ay tax­es or fees past due.

(C) When the Coun­ty revokes a license, the revo­ca­tion shall con­tin­ue for one (1) year, and the licensee shall not be issued a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness license for one (1) year from the date the revo­ca­tion became effec­tive.  If, sub­se­quent to revo­ca­tion, the Coun­ty finds that the basis for the revo­ca­tion has been cor­rect­ed or abat­ed, the appli­cant may be grant­ed a license if at least nine­ty (90) days have elapsed since the date the revo­ca­tion became effective.

(D) After denial of an appli­ca­tion, or denial of a renew­al of an appli­ca­tion, or sus­pen­sion or revo­ca­tion of any license, the appli­cant or licensee may seek prompt judi­cial review of such admin­is­tra­tive action in any court of com­pe­tent juris­dic­tion.  The admin­is­tra­tive action shall be prompt­ly reviewed by the court.

The Coun­ty shall sus­pend a license for a peri­od not to exceed thir­ty (30) days if it deter­mines that a licensee or an employ­ee of a license has:

(A) Vio­lat­ed or is not in com­pli­ance with any sec­tion of this Code;

(B) Refused to allow an inspec­tion of the sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness premis­es as autho­rized by this Chapter.

(C) Charged with a crim­i­nal act involv­ing drugs, vio­lence, or sex­u­al abuse.

(A) Each license shall expire one (1) year from the date of issuance and may be renewed only by mak­ing appli­ca­tion as pro­vid­ed in Sec­tion 7–1‑4.  Appli­ca­tion for renew­al shall be made at least thir­ty (30) days before the expi­ra­tion date, and when made less than thir­ty (30) days before the expi­ra­tion date, the expi­ra­tion of the license will not be affected.

(B) When the Coun­ty denies renew­al of a license, the appli­cant shall not be issued a license for one (1) year from the date of denial.  If, sub­se­quent to denial, the Coun­ty finds that the basis for denial of the renew­al license has been cor­rect­ed or abat­ed, the appli­cant may be grant­ed a license if at least nine­ty (90) days have elapsed since the date denial became final.

(A) An appli­cant or licensee shall per­mit rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Sheriff’s Depart­ment, Health Depart­ment, appro­pri­ate Fire Depart­ment, State’s Attor­ney, Coun­ty Super­in­ten­dent, or oth­er Coun­ty depart­ments or agen­cies to inspect the premis­es of a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness for the pur­pose of insur­ing com­pli­ance with the law, at any time it is occu­pied or open for business.

(B) A per­son who oper­ates a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness or his agent or employ­ee com­mits a mis­de­meanor if he refus­es to per­mit such law­ful inspec­tion of the premis­es at any time it is open for business.

(A) Every appli­ca­tion for a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness license (whether for a new license or for renew­al of an exist­ing license) shall be accom­pa­nied by a Two Hun­dred Fifty Dol­lars ($250.00) non-refund­able appli­ca­tion and inves­ti­ga­tion fee.

(B) In addi­tion to the appli­ca­tion and inves­ti­ga­tion fee required above, every sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness that is grant­ed a license (new or renew­al) shall pay to the Coun­ty an annu­al non-refund­able license fee of Five Thou­sand Dol­lars ($5,000.00) with­in thir­ty (30) days of license issuance or renewal.

(C) Every appli­ca­tion for a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness employ­ee license (whether for a new license or for renew­al of an exist­ing license) shall be accom­pa­nied by an annu­al One Hun­dred Dol­lar ($100.00) non-refund­able appli­ca­tion, inves­ti­ga­tion, and license fee.

(D) All license appli­ca­tions and fees shall be sub­mit­ted to the Union Coun­ty Clerk.

(A) Upon the fil­ing of said appli­ca­tion for a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness employ­ee license, the Coun­ty shall issue a tem­po­rary license to said appli­cant.  The appli­ca­tion shall then be referred to the appro­pri­ate Coun­ty depart­ments for an inves­ti­ga­tion to be made on such infor­ma­tion as is con­tained on the appli­ca­tion.  The appli­ca­tion process shall be com­plet­ed with­in thir­ty (30) days from the date the com­plet­ed appli­ca­tion is filed.  After the inves­ti­ga­tion, the Coun­ty shall issue a license, unless it is deter­mined by a pre­pon­der­ance of the evi­dence that one or more of the fol­low­ing find­ings is true:

  1. The appli­cant has failed to pro­vide infor­ma­tion rea­son­ably nec­es­sary for issuance of the license, or has false­ly answered a ques­tion or request for infor­ma­tion on the appli­ca­tion form;
  2. The appli­cant is under the age of eigh­teen (18) years;
  3. The appli­cant has been con­vict­ed of a “spec­i­fied crim­i­nal activ­i­ty” as defined in this Code;
  4. The sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness employ­ee license is to be used for employ­ment in a busi­ness pro­hib­it­ed by local or state law, statute, rule or reg­u­la­tion, or pro­hib­it­ed by a par­tic­u­lar pro­vi­sion of this Code; or
  5. The appli­cant has had a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness employ­ee license revoked by the Coun­ty with­in two (2) years of the date of the cur­rent appli­ca­tion.  If the sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness employ­ee license is denied, the tem­po­rary license pre­vi­ous­ly issued is imme­di­ate­ly deemed null and void.  Denial, sus­pen­sion, or revo­ca­tion of a license issued pur­suant to this sub­sec­tion shall be sub­ject to appeal as set forth in Sec­tion 7–1‑10.

(B) A license grant­ed pur­suant to this Sec­tion shall be sub­ject to annu­al renew­al upon the writ­ten appli­ca­tion of the appli­cant and a find­ing by the Coun­ty that the appli­cant has not been con­vict­ed of any spec­i­fied crim­i­nal activ­i­ty as defined in this Code or com­mit­ted any act dur­ing the exis­tence of the pre­vi­ous license, which would be grounds to deny the ini­tial license appli­ca­tion.  The renew­al of the license shall be sub­ject to the pay­ment of the fee as set forth in Sec­tion 7–1‑6.

(C) With­in six­ty (60) days after receipt of a com­plet­ed sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness appli­ca­tion, the Coun­ty shall approve or deny the issuance of a license to an appli­cant.  The Coun­ty shall approve the issuance of a license to an appli­cant unless it is deter­mined by a pre­pon­der­ance of the evi­dence that one or more of the fol­low­ing find­ings is true:

  1. An appli­cant is under eigh­teen (18) years of age.
  2. An appli­cant or a per­son with whom appli­cant is resid­ing is over­due in pay­ment to the Coun­ty of tax­es, fees, fines, or penal­ties assessed against or imposed upon him/her in rela­tion to any busi­ness or crim­i­nal disposition.
  3. An appli­cant has failed to pro­vide infor­ma­tion rea­son­ably nec­es­sary for issuance of the license, or has false­ly answered a ques­tion or request for infor­ma­tion on the appli­ca­tion form.
  4. An appli­cant or a per­son with whom the appli­cant is resid­ing has been denied a license by the Coun­ty to oper­ate a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness with­in the pre­ced­ing twelve (12) months or whose license to oper­ate a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness has been revoked with­in the pre­ced­ing twelve (12) months.
  5. An appli­cant or a per­son with whom the appli­cant is resid­ing has been con­vict­ed of a spec­i­fied crim­i­nal activ­i­ty defined in this Code.
  6. The premis­es to be used for the sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness have not been approved by the health depart­ment, fire depart­ment, and the build­ing offi­cial as being in com­pli­ance with applic­a­ble laws and ordinances.
  7. The license fee required by this Code has not been paid.
  8. An appli­cant of the pro­posed estab­lish­ment is in vio­la­tion of or is not in com­pli­ance with any of the pro­vi­sions of this Code.

(D) The license, if grant­ed shall state on its face the name of the per­son or per­sons to whom it is grant­ed, the expi­ra­tion date, the address of the sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness, and the clas­si­fi­ca­tion for which the license is issued pur­suant to Sec­tion 7–1‑3.  All licens­es shall be post­ed in a con­spic­u­ous place at or near the entrance to the sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness so that they may be eas­i­ly read at any time.

(E) The health depart­ment, appro­pri­ate fire depart­ment, and any oth­er build­ing code offi­cial shall com­plete their cer­ti­fi­ca­tion that the premis­es is in com­pli­ance or not in com­pli­ance with­in twen­ty (20) days of receipt of the appli­ca­tion by the Coun­ty.  A writ­ten notice of com­pli­ance by any and all enti­ties here­in shall be filed with the Coun­ty with­in ten (10) days of receipt by the applicant.

(F) A sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness license shall issue for only one clas­si­fi­ca­tion as found in Sec­tion 7–1‑3.

(A) It is unlawful:

  1. For any per­son to oper­ate a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness out­side any cor­po­rate lim­its and with­in the lim­its Union Coun­ty with­out a valid sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness license issued by the Coun­ty pur­suant to this Code.
  2. For any per­son who oper­ates a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness to employ a per­son to work for the sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness who is not licensed as a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness employ­ee by the Coun­ty pur­suant to this Code.
  3. For any per­son to obtain employ­ment with a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness with­out hav­ing secured a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness employ­ee license pur­suant to this Code.

(B) An appli­ca­tion for a license must be made on a form pro­vid­ed by the County.

(C) All appli­cants must be qual­i­fied accord­ing to the pro­vi­sions of this Code.  The appli­ca­tion may request and the appli­cant shall pro­vide such infor­ma­tion (includ­ing fin­ger­prints) as to enable the Coun­ty to deter­mine whether the appli­cant meets the qual­i­fi­ca­tions estab­lished in this Code.

(D) A per­son, who wish­es to oper­ate a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness, must sign the appli­ca­tion for a license as an appli­cant.  If a per­son oth­er than an indi­vid­ual wish­es to oper­ate a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness, all per­sons legal­ly respon­si­ble for the oper­a­tions of the sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness, or who have pow­er to con­trol or direct its oper­a­tions must sign the appli­ca­tion for a license as appli­cant.  Such per­sons include, but are not lim­it­ed to, gen­er­al part­ners, cor­po­rate offi­cers, cor­po­rate direc­tors, and con­trol­ling shareholder(s).  Each appli­ca­tion must be qual­i­fied under the fol­low­ing sec­tion and each appli­cant shall be con­sid­ered a licensee if a license is granted.

(E) The com­plet­ed appli­ca­tion for a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness license shall con­tain the fol­low­ing infor­ma­tion and shall be accom­pa­nied by the fol­low­ing documents:

  1. If the appli­cant is:
  • An indi­vid­ual, the indi­vid­ual shall state his/her legal name and any alias­es and sub­mit proof that he/she is eigh­teen (18) years of age;
  • A part­ner­ship, the part­ner­ship shall state its com­plete name, and the names of all part­ners, whether the part­ner­ship is gen­er­al or lim­it­ed, and a copy of the part­ner­ship agree­ment, if any;
  • A cor­po­ra­tion, the cor­po­ra­tion shall state its com­plete name, the date of its incor­po­ra­tion, evi­dence that the cor­po­ra­tion is in good stand­ing under the laws of its state of incor­po­ra­tion, the names and capac­i­ty of all offi­cers, direc­tors and con­trol­ling stock­hold­ers, and the name of the reg­is­tered cor­po­rate agent and the address of the reg­is­tered office for ser­vice of process.
  1. If the appli­cant intends to oper­ate the sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness under a name oth­er than that of the appli­cant; he or she must state 1) the sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness’ fic­ti­tious name and 2) sub­mit the required reg­is­tra­tion documents.
  2. Whether the appli­cant, or a per­son resid­ing with the appli­cant, has been con­vict­ed of a spec­i­fied crim­i­nal activ­i­ty as defined in this Code, and, if so, the spec­i­fied crim­i­nal activ­i­ty involved, the date, place, and juris­dic­tion of each.
  3. Whether the appli­cant, or a per­son resid­ing with the appli­cant, has had a pre­vi­ous license under this Code or oth­er sim­i­lar sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness ordi­nances from anoth­er city or coun­ty denied, sus­pend­ed or revoked, includ­ing the name and loca­tion of the sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness for which the per­mit was denied, sus­pend­ed or revoked, as well as the date of the denial, sus­pen­sion or revo­ca­tion, and whether the appli­cant or a per­son resid­ing with the appli­cant has been a part­ner in a part­ner­ship or an offi­cer, direc­tor or prin­ci­pal stock­hold­er of a cor­po­ra­tion that is licensed under this Code whose license has pre­vi­ous­ly been denied, sus­pend­ed or revoked, includ­ing the name and loca­tion of the sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness for which the per­mit was denied, sus­pend­ed or revoked as well as the date of denial, sus­pen­sion or revocation.
  4. Whether the appli­cant or a per­son resid­ing with the appli­cant holds any oth­er licens­es under this Code or oth­er sim­i­lar sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness ordi­nance from anoth­er city or coun­ty and, if so, the names and loca­tions of such oth­er licensed businesses.
  5. The sin­gle clas­si­fi­ca­tion of license for which the appli­cant is filing.
  6. The loca­tion of the pro­posed sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness, includ­ing a legal descrip­tion of the prop­er­ty, street address, mail­ing address, and tele­phone number(s), if any.
  7. The applicant’s mail­ing address and res­i­den­tial address.
  8. A recent pho­to­graph of the applicant(s).
  9. The applicant’s driver’s license umber, date of birth, and social secu­ri­ty number.
  10. A sketch or dia­gram show­ing the con­fig­u­ra­tion of the premis­es, includ­ing a state­ment of total floor space occu­pied by the busi­ness.  The sketch or dia­gram need not be pro­fes­sion­al­ly pre­pared, but it must be drawn to a des­ig­nat­ed scale or drawn with marked dimen­sions of the inte­ri­or of the premis­es to an accu­ra­cy of plus or minus six (6) inch­es.
  11. A plat of sur­vey pre­pared with­in thir­ty (30) days pri­or to appli­ca­tion by a reg­is­tered land sur­vey­or depict­ing the prop­er­ty lines and the struc­tures con­tain­ing any exist­ing sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness­es on the prop­er­ty to be cer­ti­fied; the prox­im­i­ty to any prop­er­ty lines of any estab­lished reli­gious institution/synagogue, school, or pub­lic park or recre­ation area with­in one thou­sand (1,000) feet of the 
    prop­er­ty to be cer­ti­fied.  For pur­pos­es of this Sec­tion, a use shall be con­sid­ered exist­ing or estab­lished if it is in exis­tence at the time an appli­ca­tion is submitted.
  12. If an appli­cant wish­es to oper­ate a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness, oth­er than an adult motel, which shall exhib­it on the premis­es, in a view­ing room or booth of less than one hun­dred fifty (150) square feet of floor space, films, video cas­settes, oth­er video repro­duc­tions, or live enter­tain­ment which depict spec­i­fied sex­u­al activ­i­ties or spec­i­fied anatom­i­cal areas, then the appli­cant shall com­ply with the appli­ca­tion require­ments set forth in Sec­tion 7–1‑14.

(F) Before any appli­cant may be issued a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness employ­ee license, the appli­cant shall sub­mit on a form to be pro­vid­ed by the Coun­ty the fol­low­ing information:

  1. The applicant’s name or any oth­er name (includ­ing “stage” names) or alias­es used by the individual;
  2. Age, date, and place of birth;
  3. Height, weight, hair and eye color;
  4. Present res­i­dence address and tele­phone number;
  5. Present busi­ness address and tele­phone number;
  6. Date, issu­ing state and num­ber of driver’s per­mit or oth­er iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card infor­ma­tion; and
  7. Proof that the indi­vid­ual is at least eigh­teen (18) years of age.

(G) Attached to the appli­ca­tion form for a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness employ­ee license as pro­vid­ed above, shall be the following:

  1. A col­or pho­to­graph of the appli­cant clear­ly show­ing the applicant’s face, and the applicant’s fin­ger­prints on a form pro­vid­ed by the police depart­ment.  Any fees for the pho­tographs and fin­ger­prints shall be paid by the applicant.
  2. A state­ment detail­ing the license his­to­ry of the appli­cant for the five (5) years imme­di­ate­ly pre­ced­ing the date of the fil­ing of the appli­ca­tion, includ­ing whether such appli­cant pre­vi­ous­ly oper­at­ed or is seek­ing to oper­ate, in this or any oth­er coun­ty, city, state, or coun­try has ever had a license, per­mit, or autho­riza­tion to do busi­ness denied, revoked, or sus­pend­ed, or had any pro­fes­sion­al or voca­tion­al license or per­mit denied, revoked, or sus­pend­ed.  In the event of any such denial, revo­ca­tion, or sus­pen­sion, state the name, the name of the issu­ing or deny­ing juris­dic­tion, and describe in full the rea­son for the denial, revo­ca­tion, or sus­pen­sion.  A copy of any order of denial, revo­ca­tion, or sus­pen­sion shall be attached to the application.
  3. A state­ment whether the appli­cant has been con­vict­ed of a spec­i­fied crim­i­nal activ­i­ty as defined in this Code and, if so, the spec­i­fied crim­i­nal activ­i­ty involved, the date, place and juris­dic­tion of each.

Sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness­es are clas­si­fied as follows:

(A) adult arcades;

(B) adult book­stores, adult nov­el­ty stores, or adult video stores;

(C) adult cabarets;

(D) adult motels;

(E) adult motion pic­ture theaters;

(F) adult theaters;

(G) escort agencies;

(H) nude mod­el stu­dios; and

(I) Sex­u­al encounter centers.

 (A) Adult Arcade means any place to which the pub­lic is per­mit­ted or invit­ed where­in coin-oper­at­ed, slug-oper­at­ed, or for any form of con­sid­er­a­tion, or elec­tron­i­cal­ly, elec­tri­cal­ly, or mechan­i­cal­ly con­trolled still or motion pic­ture machines, pro­jec­tors, video or laser disc play­ers, or oth­er image-pro­­­duc­ing devices are main­tained to show images to five or few­er per­sons per machine at any one time, and where the images so dis­played are dis­tin­guished or char­ac­ter­ized by the depict­ing or describ­ing of “spec­i­fied sex­u­al activ­i­ties” or “spec­i­fied anatom­i­cal areas.”

(B) Adult Book­store, Adult Nov­el­ty Store or Adult Video Store means a com­mer­cial estab­lish­ment which, as one of its prin­ci­pal pur­pos­es, offers for sale or rental for any form of con­sid­er­a­tion any one or more of the following:

  1. Books, mag­a­zines, peri­od­i­cals or oth­er print­ed mat­ter, or pho­tographs, films, motion pic­tures, video cas­settes or video repro­duc­tions, slides, or oth­er visu­al rep­re­sen­ta­tions which are char­ac­ter­ized by the depic­tion or descrip­tion of “spec­i­fied sex­u­al activ­i­ties” or “spec­i­fied anatom­i­cal areas”; or
  2. Instru­ments, devices, or para­pher­na­lia which are designed for use in con­nec­tion with “spec­i­fied sex­u­al activities.”

A com­mer­cial estab­lish­ment may have oth­er prin­ci­pal busi­ness pur­pos­es that do not involve the offer­ing for sale or rental of mate­r­i­al depict­ing or describ­ing “spec­i­fied sex­u­al activ­i­ties” or “spec­i­fied anatom­i­cal areas” and still be cat­e­go­rized as Adult Book­store, Adult Nov­el­ty Store, or Adult Video Store.  Such oth­er busi­ness pur­pos­es will not serve to exempt such com­mer­cial estab­lish­ments from being cat­e­go­rized as an Adult Book­store, Adult Nov­el­ty Store, or Adult Video Store so long as one of its prin­ci­pal busi­ness pur­pos­es is the offer­ing for sale or rental for con­sid­er­a­tion the spec­i­fied mate­ri­als which are char­ac­ter­ized by the depic­tion or descrip­tion of “spec­i­fied sex­u­al activ­i­ties” or “spec­i­fied anatom­i­cal areas.”

(C) Cabaret means a night­club, bar, restau­rant, or sim­i­lar com­mer­cial estab­lish­ment which reg­u­lar­ly features:

  1. Per­sons who appear in a state of nudi­ty or semi-nude; or
  2. Live per­for­mance which are char­ac­ter­ized by the expo­sure of “spec­i­fied anatom­i­cal areas” or by “spec­i­fied sex­u­al activ­i­ties”; or
  3. Films, motion pic­tures, video cas­settes, slides or oth­er pho­to­graph­ic repro­duc­tions which are char­ac­ter­ized by the depic­tion or descrip­tion of “spec­i­fied sex­u­al activ­i­ties” or “spec­i­fied anatom­i­cal areas.”

(D) Adult Motel means a hotel, motel or sim­i­lar com­mer­cial estab­lish­ment which:

  1. Offers accom­mo­da­tions to the pub­lic for any form of con­sid­er­a­tion; pro­vides patrons with closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion trans­mis­sions, films, motion pic­tures, video cas­settes, slides, or oth­er pho­to­graph­ic repro­duc­tions which are char­ac­ter­ized by the depic­tion or descrip­tion of “spec­i­fied sex­u­al activ­i­ties” or “spec­i­fied anatom­i­cal areas”; and has a sign vis­i­ble from the pub­lic right of way which adver­tis­es the avail­abil­i­ty of this adult type of pho­to­graph­ic repro­duc­tions; or
  2. Offers a sleep­ing room for rent for a peri­od of time that is less than ten (10) hours; or
  3. Allows a ten­ant or occu­pant of a sleep­ing room to sub­rent the room for a peri­od of time that is less than ten (10) hours.

(E) Adult Motion Pic­ture The­ater means a com­mer­cial estab­lish­ment where, for any form of con­sid­er­a­tion, films, motion pic­tures, video cas­settes, slikes, or sim­i­lar pho­to­graph­ic repro­duc­tions are reg­u­lar­ly shown which are char­ac­ter­ized by the depic­tion or descrip­tion of “spec­i­fied sex­u­al activ­i­ties” or “spec­i­fied anatom­i­cal areas.”

(F) Adult The­ater means a the­ater, con­cert hall, audi­to­ri­um, or sim­i­lar com­mer­cial estab­lish­ment which reg­u­lar­ly fea­tures per­sons who appear in a state of nudi­ty or semi-nude, or live per­for­mances which are char­ac­ter­ized by the expo­sure of “spec­i­fied anatom­i­cal areas” or by “spec­i­fied sex­u­al activities.”

(G) Employ­ee means a per­son who per­forms any ser­vice on the premis­es of a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness on a full-time, part-time or con­tract basis, whether or not the per­son is denom­i­cat­ed an employ­ee, inde­pen­dent con­trac­tor, agent or oth­er­wise and whether or not said per­son is paid a salary, wage or oth­er com­pen­sa­tion by the oper­a­tor of said busi­ness.  Employ­ee does not include a per­son exclu­sive­ly on the premis­es for repair or main­te­nance of the premis­es or equip­ment on the premis­es, or for the deliv­ery of goods to the premises.

(H) Escort means a per­son who, for con­sid­er­a­tion, agrees or offers to act as a com­pan­ion, guide, or date for anoth­er per­son, or who agrees or offers to pri­vate­ly mod­el lin­gerie or to pri­vate­ly per­form a striptease for anoth­er person.

(I) Escort Agency means a per­son or busi­ness asso­ci­a­tion who fur­nish­es, offers to fur­nish, or adver­tis­es to fur­nish escorts as one of its pri­ma­ry busi­ness pur­pos­es for a fee, tip, or oth­er consideration.

(J) Estab­lish­ment means and includes any of the following:

  1. The open­ing or com­mence­ment of any sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness as a new business;
  2. The con­ver­sion of an exist­ing busi­ness, whether or not a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness, to any sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed business;
  3. The addi­tions of any sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness to any oth­er exist­ing sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness; or
  4. The relo­ca­tion of any sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed business.

(K) Licensee means a per­son in whose name a license to oper­ate a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness has been issued, as well as the indi­vid­ual list­ed as an appli­cant on the appli­ca­tion for a licensee; and in the case of an employ­ee, a per­son in whose name a license has been issued autho­riz­ing employ­ment in a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed business.

(L) Nude Mod­el Stu­dio means any place where a per­son who appears semi-nude, in a state of nudi­ty, or who dis­plays “spec­i­fied anatom­i­cal areas” and is pro­vid­ed to be observed, sketched, drawn, paint­ed, sculp­tured, pho­tographed, or sim­i­lar­ly depict­ed by oth­er per­sons who pay mon­ey or any form of con­sid­er­a­tion.  Nude Mod­el Stu­dio shall not include a pro­pri­etary school licensed by the State of Illi­nois or a col­lege, junior col­lege or uni­ver­si­ty sup­port­ed entire­ly or in part by pub­lic tax­a­tion; a pri­vate col­lege or uni­ver­si­ty which main­tains and oper­ates edu­ca­tion­al pro­grams in which cred­its are trans­fer­able to a col­lege, junior col­lege, or uni­ver­si­ty sup­port­ed entire­ly or part­ly by tax­a­tion; or in a structure:

  1. That has no sign vis­i­ble from the exte­ri­or of the struc­ture and no oth­er adver­tis­ing that indi­cates a nude or semi-nude per­son is avail­able for view­ing; and
  2. Where in order to par­tic­i­pate in a class a stu­dent must enroll at least three (3) days in advance of the class; and
  3. Where no more than one (1) nude or semi-nude mod­el is on the premis­es at any one time.

(M) Nudi­ty or a State of Nudi­ty means the show­ing of the human male or female gen­i­tals, pubic area, vul­va, anus, anal cleft or cleav­age with less than a ful­ly opaque cov­er­ing, the show­ing of the female breast with less than a ful­ly opaque cov­er­ing of any part of the nip­ple, or the show­ing of the cov­ered male gen­i­tals in a dis­cernibly turgid state.

(N) Per­son means an indi­vid­ual, pro­pri­etor­ship, part­ner­ship, cor­po­ra­tion, asso­ci­a­tion, or oth­er legal entity.

(O) Semi-Nude or in a Semi-Nude Con­di­tion means the show­ing of the female breast below a hor­i­zon­tal line across the top of the are­o­la at its high­est point or the show­ing of the male or female but­tocks.  This def­i­n­i­tion shall include the entire low­er por­tion of the human female breast, but shall not include any por­tion of the cleav­age of the human female breast, exhib­it­ed by the dress, blouse, skirt, leo­tard, bathing suit, or oth­er wear­ing appar­el pro­vid­ed the are­o­la is not exposed in whole or in part.

(P) Sex­u­al Encounter Cen­ter means a busi­ness or com­mer­cial enter­prise that, as one of its prin­ci­pal busi­ness pur­pos­es, offers for any form of consideration:

  1. Phys­i­cal con­tact in the form of wrestling or tum­bling between per­sons of the oppo­site sex; or
  2. Activ­i­ties between male and female per­sons and/or per­sons of the same sex when one or more of the per­sons is in a state of nudi­ty or semi-nude.
  3. (Q) Sex­u­al­ly Ori­ent­ed Busi­ness means an adult arcade, adult book­store, adult nov­el­ty store, adult video store, adult cabaret, adult motel, adult motion pic­ture the­ater, adult the­ater, escort agency, nude mod­el stu­dio, or sex­u­al encounter center.

(R) Spec­i­fied Anatom­i­cal Areas means:

  1. The human male gen­i­tals in a dis­cernibly turgid state, even if com­plete­ly and opaque­ly cov­ered; or
  2. Less than com­plete­ly and opaque­ly cov­ered human gen­i­tals, pubic region, but­tocks or a female breast below a point imme­di­ate­ly above the top of the areola.

(S) Spec­i­fied Crim­i­nal Activ­i­ty means any of the fol­low­ing offenses:

  1. Pros­ti­tu­tion or pro­mo­tion of pros­ti­tu­tion; dis­sem­i­na­tion of obscen­i­ty; sale, dis­tri­b­u­tion or dis­play of harm­ful mate­r­i­al to a minor; sex­u­al per­for­mance by a child; pos­ses­sion or dis­tri­b­u­tion of child pornog­ra­phy; pub­lic lewd­ness; inde­cent expo­sure; inde­cen­cy with a child; engag­ing in orga­nized crim­i­nal activ­i­ty; sex­u­al assault; molesta­tion of a child; gam­bling; assault, bat­tery, or domes­tic bat­tery; mob action; hate crime; or pos­ses­sion or dis­tri­b­u­tion of a con­trolled sub­stance; or any sim­i­lar offens­es to those described above under the crim­i­nal or penal code of oth­er states or countries;
  2. For which:
    • less than two (2) years have elapsed since the date of con­vic­tion or the date of release from con­fine­ment imposed for the con­vic­tion, whichev­er is the lat­er date, if the con­vic­tion is of a mis­de­meanor offense;
    • less than five (5) years have elapsed since the date of con­vic­tion or the date of release from con­fine­ment for the con­vic­tion, whichev­er is the lat­er date, if the con­vic­tion is of a felony offense; or
    • less than five (5) years have elapsed since the date of the last con­vic­tion or the date of release from con­fine­ment for the last con­vic­tion, whichev­er is the lat­er date, if the con­vic­tions are of two (2) or more mis­de­meanor offens­es or com­bi­na­tion of mis­de­meanor offens­es occur­ring with­in any twen­­­ty-four (24) month period.
  3. The fact that a con­vic­tion is being appealed shall have no effect on the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion of the appli­cant or a per­son resid­ing with the applicant.

(T) Spec­i­fied Sex­u­al Activ­i­ties means any of the following:

  1. The fondling or oth­er erot­ic touch­ing of human gen­i­tals, pubic region, but­tocks, anus, or female breasts;
  2. Sex acts, nor­mal or per­vert­ed, actu­al or sim­u­lat­ed, includ­ing inter­course, oral cop­u­la­tion, mas­tur­ba­tion, or sodomy; or
  3. Excre­to­ry func­tions as part of or in con­nec­tion with any of the activ­i­ties set forth in (1) through (2) above.

(U) Sub­stan­tial Enlarge­ment of a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness means the increase in floor areas occu­pied by the busi­ness by more than twen­­­ty-five per­cent (25%), as the floor areas exist on the date this Code takes effect.

(V) Trans­fer of Own­er­ship or Con­trol of a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness means and includes any of the following:

  1. The sale, lease, or sub­lease of the business;
  2. The trans­fer of secu­ri­ties which con­sti­tute a con­trol­ling inter­est in the busi­ness, whether by sale, exchange, or sim­i­lar means; or
  3. The estab­lish­ment of a trust, gift, or oth­er sim­i­lar legal device which trans­fers the own­er­ship or con­trol of the busi­ness, except for trans­fer by bequest or oth­er oper­a­tion of law upon the death of the per­son pos­sess­ing the own­er­ship or control.

 (A) Pur­pose.  It is the pur­pose of this Code to reg­u­late sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness­es in order to pro­mote the health, safe­ty, morals, and gen­er­al wel­fare of the cit­i­zens of the Coun­ty, and to estab­lish rea­son­able and uni­form reg­u­la­tions to pre­vent the dele­te­ri­ous loca­tion and con­cen­tra­tion of sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness­es with­in the Coun­ty.  The pro­vi­sions of this Code have nei­ther the pur­pose nor effect of impos­ing a lim­i­ta­tion or restric­tion on the con­tent of any com­mu­nica­tive mate­ri­als, includ­ing sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed mate­ri­als.  Sim­i­lar­ly, it is nei­ther the intent nor effect of this Code to restrict or deny access by adults to sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed mate­ri­als pro­tect­ed by the First Amend­ment, or to deny access by the dis­trib­u­tors and exhibitors of sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed enter­tain­ment to their intend­ed mar­ket.  Nei­ther is it the intent nor effect of this Code to con­done or legit­imize the dis­tri­b­u­tion of obscene material.

(B) Find­ings.  Based on evi­dence con­cern­ing the adverse sec­ondary effects of adult uses on the com­mu­ni­ty pre­sent­ed in hear­ings and in reports made avail­able to the Coun­cil, and on find­ings incor­po­rat­ed in the cas­es of City of Ren­ton v. Play­time The­atres, Inc., 475 U.S. 41 (1986), Young v. Amer­i­can Mini The­atres, 426 U.S. 50 (1976), Barnes v. Glen The­atre, Inc., 501 U.S. 560 (1991), City of Erie v. Pap’s A.M., TDA “Kandy­land”, 529 U.S. 277 (2000), and City of Los Ange­les v. Alame­da Books, Inc. 121 S. Ct. 1223 (2001) and on stud­ies in oth­er com­mu­ni­ties includ­ing, but not lim­it­ed to, Phoenix, Ari­zona; Min­neapo­lis, Min­neso­ta; Hous­ton, Texas; Indi­anapo­lis, Indi­ana; Amar­il­lo, Texas; Gar­den Grove, Cal­i­for­nia; Los Ange­les, Cal­i­for­nia; Whit­ti­er, Cal­i­for­nia; Austin, Texas; Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton; Okla­homa City, Okla­homa; Cleve­land, Ohio; and Beau­mont, Texas; and also on find­ings from the Report of the Attor­ney General’s Work­ing Group On The Reg­u­la­tion of Sex­u­al­ly Ori­ent­ed Busi­ness­es, (June 6, 1989, State of Min­neso­ta), the Board finds:

  1. Sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness­es lend them­selves to ancil­lary unlaw­ful and unhealthy activ­i­ties that are present­ly uncon­trolled by the oper­a­tors of the estab­lish­ments.  Fur­ther, there is present­ly no mech­a­nism to make the own­ers of these estab­lish­ments respon­si­ble for the activ­i­ties that occur on their premises.
  2. Cer­tain employ­ees of sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness­es defined in this Code as adult the­atres and cabarets engage in high­er inci­dence of cer­tain types of illic­it sex­u­al behav­ior than employ­ees of oth­er establishments.
  3. Sex­u­al acts, includ­ing mas­tur­ba­tion, and oral and anal sex, occur at sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness­es, espe­cial­ly those which 
    pro­vide pri­vate or semi-pri­­­vate booths or cubi­cles for view­ing films, videos, or live sex shows.
  4. Offer­ing and pro­vid­ing such space encour­ages such activ­i­ties, which cre­ates unhealthy conditions.
  5. Per­sons fre­quent cer­tain adult the­atres, adult arcades, and oth­er sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness­es for the pur­pose of engag­ing in sex with­in the premis­es of such sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed businesses.
  6. At least fifty (50) com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases may be spread by activ­i­ties occur­ring in sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness­es, includ­ing, but not lim­it­ed to, syphilis, gon­or­rhea, human immun­od­e­fi­cien­cy virus infec­tion (HIV-AIDS), gen­i­tal her­pes, hepati­tis B, Non A, Non B ame­bi­a­sis, sal­mo­nel­la infec­tions and shigel­la infections.
  7. Since 1981 and to the present, there has been an increas­ing cumu­la­tive num­ber of report­ed cas­es of AIDS caused by the human immun­od­e­fi­cien­cy virus (HIV) in the Unit­ed States — 600 in 1982, 2,200 in 1983, 4,600 in 1984, 8,555 in 1985 and 253,448 through Decem­ber 31, 1992.
  8. As of 2003, there have been 30,139 report­ed cased of AIDS in the State of Illi­nois.  (The Hen­ry J. Kaiser Fam­i­ly Foun­da­tion as seen at www.statehealthfacts.kff.org)
  9. Since 1981 and to the present, there have been an increas­ing cumu­la­tive num­ber of per­sons test­ing pos­i­tive for the HIV anti­body test in the State of Illinois.
  10. The num­ber of cas­es of ear­ly (less than one (1) year) syphilis in the­Unit­ed States report­ed annu­al­ly has risen, with 33,613 cas­es report­ed in 1982 and 45,200 through Novem­ber of 1990.
  11. The num­ber of cas­es of gon­or­rhea in the­Unit­ed States report­ed annu­al­ly remains at a high lev­el, with over one-half mil­lion cas­es being report­ed in 1990.
  12. The sur­geon gen­er­al of the­Unit­ed States in his report of Octo­ber 22, 1986, has advised the Amer­i­can pub­lic that AIDS and HIV infec­tion may be trans­mit­ted through sex­u­al con­tact, intra­venous drug abuse, expo­sure to infect­ed blood and blood com­po­nents, and from an infect­ed moth­er to her newborn.
  13. Accord­ing to the best sci­en­tif­ic evi­dence, AIDS and HIV infec­tion, as well as syphilis and gon­or­rhea, are prin­ci­pal­ly trans­mit­ted by sex­u­al acts.
  14. San­i­tary con­di­tions in some sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness­es are unhealthy, in part, because the activ­i­ties con­duct­ed there are unhealthy, and, in part, because of the unreg­u­lat­ed nature of the activ­i­ties and the fail­ure of the own­ers and the 
    oper­a­tors of the facil­i­ties to self-reg­u­late those activ­i­ties and main­tain those facilities.
  15. Numer­ous stud­ies and reports have deter­mined that semen is found in the areas of sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness­es where per­sons view “adult” ori­ent­ed films.
  16. The find­ings not­ed in para­graphs num­ber 1 through 15 raise sub­stan­tial gov­ern­men­tal concerns.
  17. Sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness­es have oper­a­tional char­ac­ter­is­tics which should be rea­son­ably reg­u­lat­ed in order to pro­tect those sub­stan­tial gov­ern­men­tal concerns.
  18. A rea­son­able licens­ing pro­ce­dure is an appro­pri­ate mech­a­nism to place the bur­den of that rea­son­able reg­u­la­tion on the own­ers and the oper­a­tors of the sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness­es.  Fur­ther, such a licens­ing pro­ce­dure will place a hereto­fore nonex­is­tent incen­tive on the oper­a­tors to see that the sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness is run in a man­ner con­sis­tent with the health, safe­ty and wel­fare of its patrons and employ­ees, as well as the cit­i­zens of the Coun­ty.  It is appro­pri­ate to require rea­son­able assur­ances that the licensee is the actu­al oper­a­tor of the sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness, full in pos­ses­sion and con­trol of the premis­es and activ­i­ties occur­ring therein.
  19. Removal of doors on adult booths and requir­ing suf­fi­cient light­ing on premis­es with adult booths advances a sub­stan­tial gov­ern­men­tal inter­est in curb­ing the ille­gal and unsan­i­tary sex­u­al activ­i­ty occur­ring in adult theatres.
  20. Requir­ing licensees of sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness­es to keep infor­ma­tion regard­ing cur­rent employ­ees and cer­tain past employ­ees will help reduce the inci­dence of cer­tain types of crim­i­nal behav­ior by facil­i­tat­ing the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of poten­tial wit­ness­es or sus­pects and by pre­vent­ing minors from work­ing in such establishments.
  21. The dis­clo­sure of cer­tain infor­ma­tion by those per­sons ulti­mate­ly respon­si­ble for the day-to-day oper­a­tion and main­te­nance of the sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness, where such infor­ma­tion is sub­stan­tial­ly relat­ed to the sig­nif­i­cant gov­ern­men­tal inter­est in the oper­a­tion of such uses, will aid in pre­vent­ing the spread of sex­u­al­ly trans­mit­ted diseases.
  22. It is desir­able in the pre­ven­tion of the spread of com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases to obtain a lim­it­ed amount of infor­ma­tion regard­ing cer­tain employ­ees who may engage in the con­duct which this Code is designed to pre­vent or who are like­ly to be wit­ness­es to such activity.
  23. The fact that an appli­cant for an adult use license has been con­vict­ed of a sex­u­al­ly relat­ed crime leads to the ratio­nal 
    assump­tion that the appli­cant may engage in that con­duct in con­tra­ven­tion of this Code.
  24. The bar­ring of such indi­vid­u­als from the man­age­ment of adult uses for a peri­od of years serves as a deter­rent to and pre­vents con­duct which leads to the trans­mis­sion of sex­u­al­ly trans­mit­ted diseases.
  25. The gen­er­al wel­fare, health, morals and safe­ty of the cit­i­zens of the Coun­ty will be pro­mot­ed by the enact­ment of this Code.