Strip club operates in former elementary school -

Strip club operates in former elementary school

(KMOV) -- It might be hard to find an elementary school where one must be over 21 to attend. But that's the case in the small Illinois town of Neoga where the school is now a strip club.

The business has residents and county officials fuming. However, the owner says he has no plans to shut down.

Bob Kearny, a laid off union electrician, started the schoolhouse strip club with a friend. He says it's been good for him and the economy.

"You show me another business in Cumberland County that's created over 30 jobs this year in a suffering economy," he says.

Neighbors are not impressed.

Frank Enloe has lived next to the school since 1995. His five children attended school there, and he says now, loud customers keep him up until three in the morning.

Kearny says no one has complained to him directly. But protestors have showed up almost every weekend.

A county official said that they want the club gone, and will do everything they can to agitate club managers until they relocate.

But Kearny says this is America, and that he's been more than respectful. "We don't have a 50-foot tall naked neon lady that says "live nudes" or anything. We have a simple hand-painted sign."


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