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Strip club settlement cash to help build shelter

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Associated Press

The city of Chicago will spend $1.8 million from a legal settlement with a strip club to help build a shelter for victims of domestic violence.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office called it the first expansion of domestic violence shelters in Chicago in more than a decade.

The new shelter is set to open in June 2014 and will serve as many as 100 families in its first year. It will be built on the city's Southwest Side on vacant land owned by the city. A partnership is seeking $3 million in donations to complete the project.

The city's contribution comes from a $2.5 million settlement with VIP's Gentlemen's Club. The city went after the club claiming its dancers showed too much skin.

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