CHICAGO (CBS) — The sponsor of an ordinance that would have allowed clubs in Chicago to blend topless dancing and alcohol sales has backed away from the measure, because somehow full-frontal nudity ended up in the mix.
The City Council Zoning Committee backed the proposal last week, but Ald. Emma Mitts (37th) has asked committee chair Ald. Danny Solis (25th) to hold it up rather than send it to the full City Council for a vote on Wednesday.
Mitts said she was alarmed to find the proposed ordinance had been drafted to allow strip clubs that feature full nudity to sell alcohol. She said she had only intended to allow clubs that allow topless dancing to also serve up alcohol.
Currently, those clubs must choose between serving alcohol and allowing topless dancing.
Mitts, who chairs the License Committee, has told her colleagues she does not support alcohol sales at clubs that feature full-frontal nudity. She was asked if she’s embarrassed by the problem.
“Not at all am I embarrassed about it,” she said, adding she feels no need to apologize.