The Advertising and Selling Club, a local civic group, charged that Peoria city officials condoned prostitution.

The Ad club issued a formal statement imploring the mayor and city council to “force the police department to quit overlooking prostitution and its related vices, dope-pedalling and and tempting of juveniles.”

It joined two longstanding partisans of the fight against vice, the Jaycees and the Peoria Council of Churches.