Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Article II - Dance Halls and Road Houses

Any estab­lish­ment that would be required to be licensed under this Codee, but which has obtained a valid license under the Union Coun­ty, Illi­nois, Liquor Con­trol Code shall not be sub­ject to the license require­ments in this Code.

(Ord. No. 2007-01; 03–19–07)

A vio­la­tion of any part of this Code not specif­i­cal­ly set forth in the enabling statute found at 55 ILCS 5/5–10001 et seq. shall pur­suant to 55 ILCS 5/5–1113 be pun­ish­able by a fine not to exceed One Thou­sand Dol­lars ($1,000.00), for each vio­la­tion being a sep­a­rate and dis­tinct offense sub­ject­ing the vio­la­tor to sep­a­rate and dis­tinct penal­ties as well as con­sti­tut­ing grounds for the revo­ca­tion of the license grant­ed hereunder.

Before any license may be issued under this Code the appli­cant must show com­pli­ance with all state and local health, fire, build­ing, and safe­ty codes, laws, or ordi­nances in effect at the time of licen­sure and upon each renew­al.  Should the license hold­er be found in non­com­pli­ance at a lat­er date after the issuance of the Dance Hall/Road House License the license shall be invalid until such time the license hold­er is back in com­pli­ance with all state and local health, fire, build­ing, and safe­ty codes, laws, or ordinances.

(A) No known pros­ti­tute, pro­cur­er of pros­ti­tu­tion, vagrant, or intox­i­cat­ed per­son shall be allowed to be present on or with­in the premis­es of a dance hall or road house.

(B) In order to pro­mote good order and morals, it is pro­hib­it­ed for any employ­ee or patron of a dance hall or road house to be engaged in any lewd or las­civ­i­ous act or to be unclothed in a way known as top­less, bot­tom­less or both while the facil­i­ty is in operation.

(C) No one under the age of twen­­­ty-one (21) will be allowed on or with­out the premis­es while alco­hol is present, unless accom­pa­ny­ing by a par­ent, legal guardian, or prop­er adult escort.  Oth­er­wise, no one under the age of six­teen (16) shall be allowed on or with­in the premis­es, unless accom­pa­nied by a par­ent, legal guardian, or prop­er adult escort.

(D) Noise lev­els shall be such as to unrea­son­ably and need­less­ly dis­turb any of the neigh­bor­ing res­i­dences to the dance hall or road house.

The hours with which the dance hall or road house may be opened to the pub­lic shall be 12:00 P.M. (noon) to 1:00 A.M.

Upon issuance the license shall be valid for one (1) year and the license may be renewed by reap­pli­ca­tion each year there­after upon inves­ti­ga­tion and accep­tance by the Union Coun­ty Board of Commissioners.

Attached here­in and includ­ed as part of this Code is the form of license to be used and issued by the Chair­man of the Board.

Upon receipt of the com­plet­ed license appli­ca­tion and license fee by the Union Coun­ty Clerk and Recorder, the Chair­man of the Coun­ty Board shall make a thor­ough inves­ti­ga­tion to deter­mine the fit­ness of the appli­cant and the truth of the state­ments made and accom­pa­ny­ing the appli­ca­tion and report to the Coun­ty Board on the find­ings made.  The Coun­ty Board shall then vote on accept­ing the appli­ca­tion and grant­i­ng the license with­in thir­ty (30) days of receipt of the appli­ca­tion and fee with a major­i­ty vote grant­i­ng accep­tance and issu­ing license signed by the Chair­man of the Board.

Attached here­to and includ­ed as part of this Code is an appli­ca­tion form which shall be used by those who apply for a dance hall or road house license in Union County.

The license fee shall be Twen­­­ty-Five Dol­lars ($25.00) deposit­ed in the Coun­ty Gen­er­al Fund.

The Coun­ty Board may upon appli­ca­tion, pur­suant to statute, grant such license to oper­ate or main­tain a dance hall or road house.

(A) Dance Hall.  A pub­lic estab­lish­ment, locat­ed out­side the cor­po­rate lim­its of any city, vil­lage or incor­po­rat­ed town in Union Coun­ty, Illi­nois, that for an admis­sion fee, pro­vides music and space for danc­ing, and may also pro­vide refresh­ments (oth­er than alco­hol) and danc­ing part­ners, for the pur­pos­es of danc­ing, enter­tain­ment, and socialization.

(B) Road House.  A tav­ern, night club, or sim­i­lar estab­lish­ment locat­ed beyond the cor­po­rate lim­its of any city, vil­lage or incor­po­rat­ed town in Union Coun­ty, Illi­nois, on or near a pub­lic road­way not oth­er­wise gov­erned by the Union Coun­ty Liquor Con­trol Code.

(C) Top­less.  Wear­ing trans­par­ent cloth­ing or mate­r­i­al or being naked or sub­stan­tial­ly with­out cloth­ing cov­er­ing the breast area of the body.

(D) Bot­tom­less.  Wear­ing trans­par­ent cloth­ing or mate­r­i­al or being naked or sub­stan­tial­ly with­out cloth­ing or cov­er­ing of the body from the waist down­ward to a point of the body that would cov­er the gen­i­tal area of the body.

(E) Prop­er Adult Escort.  An adult age twen­­­ty-one (21) or over grant­ed super­vi­so­ry author­i­ty by the par­ents or leal guardian of a youth or youths under the ages out­lined here­in who is whol­ly and sole­ly respon­si­ble for the actions or inac­tions of the per­son or per­sons over whom they are giv­en authority.