Quincy leaders turn down permit for gay nightclub

QUINCY, Ill.  — A city council in western Illinois has turned down a permit for a gay nightclub, rejecting the recommendation of the planning commission.

The Quincy City Council vote was 8-5 Monday. WGEM says the special permit would have allowed the business to be open until 3 a.m.

Aldermen who opposed the permit say they’re concerned about parking and noise. Another gay club, Irene’s Nightclub, operated at the site for 36 years before it closed in 2016.

Chris Taylor says he picked the site because of the history. He says he doesn’t understand the council’s decision.

Area business owner Rusty Williams says he supports the new club. He says he’s disappointed with what he considers to be the “closed-mindedness” of elected officials.