Algonquin was one of several local towns that had problems with prostitution at message parlors.
Because Algonquin is a Home Rule Unit, it is allowed to pass local ordinances that are not in conflict with state law.
It has done so with regard to licensing “massage establishments.”
Here are some of the requirements:
1. The name of the person(s) who will serve as the licensee under whose management or supervision the massage establishment will be operated;
2. Copies of a valid license or licenses issued by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation pursuant to the Massage Licensing Act (225 ILCS 57/1 et seq.) (“Act”), for each massage therapist who will provide massage services at the massage establishment;
3. The applicant and each masseuse shall supply a photo ID and social security number and will be fingerprinted by the Police Department. In connection with the applicant or any employee, written authorization for the Chief of Police to conduct a criminal background investigation;
4. A description of the proposed massage establishment, including the number of massage therapists, other activities or business conducted at the same location, the physical facilities to be used, and a scaled drawing showing all ingress and egress locations and windows, and a floor layout diagram of the premises;
5. In the event the property is leased, a copy of the lease shall be submitted with the application that contains the name of the property owner; and
6. Such other information as the Village may request.
Number six allows a lot of latitude, just in case the Village Board missed something in the ordinance.
In addition, the Algonquin Police Chief is allowed to conduct “a criminal background check.” The applicant pays for it.
There is a listing of criminal activity for which a license may be turned down.
There is a stringent inspection requirement:
…the licensee shall provide any representative of the Village with a reasonable opportunity to inspect the premises for which the license is requested and to interview the licensee’s agents and employees for the purpose of determining that the provisions of this Section and other applicable ordinances and State and federal laws are being complied with. It shall be unlawful for any person to fail to allow any representative of the Village access to the premises of the massage establishment or to hinder such access in any manner. Refusal by the licensee to allow the Village representative access to the establishment shall be grounds for revoking the massage establishment license.
All massage therapists must be licensed and a list of all working at the establishment must be supplied upon request.
There are lots of rules against sexual massages, e.g.,
It shall be unlawful for any employee or massage therapist in the massage establishment to place their hand upon, to touch with any part of a client’s body, or fondle in any manner, or massage a sexual or genital area of any person or to cause a person to touch, massage, or fondle the sexual or genital or gluteal area of the employee or massage therapist of the establishment.
If you want to read Algonquin’s ordinance, it can be found here.
The application might be of interest, too. It is here.
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A meeting will be held at 3 PM July 23rd at the Office of Administer Justice.
It is located at 1750 Grandstand Place #15, Elgin (847-844-1100).
Back in January I wrote of this possibility, not knowing of Algonquin’s approach.
The following article also has all of the massage parlor prostitution arrests that McHenry County Blog has chronicled: