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W. Loop Salon Owner Charged With Rape Faces Eviction From River North Spot

By  Stephanie Lulay and Erica Demarest | April 29, 2016 5:50am | Updated on April 29, 2016 3:43pm

 West Loop tanning salon owner Marc Winner, who is facing rape charges in two court cases, is also named in a business license discipline case.
West Loop tanning salon owner Marc Winner, who is facing rape charges in two court cases, is also named in a business license discipline case.
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WEST LOOP — In addition to facing criminal charges in multiple rape cases, a West Loop tanning salon owner faces a complaint filed against him by the city as well as eviction proceedings from a River North storefront, according to city officials and court records. 

Soleil Tanning owner Marc Winner is named in a pending business license discipline case for debt owed, said Mika Stambaugh, spokeswoman for the city's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. Citing the pending case, Stambaugh declined to comment further, and could not confirm Thursday any details of the case or who was owed money. 


The business was last inspected in 2010 and found to be in compliance with the city's rules. 

Soleil Tanning's business license, held under the name Tanning Solutions LLC by owners Kregg Kiel and Marc Winner, expires on May 15, Stambaugh said. 

In previous years, Soleil Tanning owners were issued a 90-day notice for a public way use violation for installing an awning in 2008, but owners obtained a permit for the awning shortly thereafter, according to records. 

And the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection has fielded two complaints about Soleil Tanning in 2004 and 2008. Both of those complaints were consumer related, said Stambaugh, who declined to give further details. 

In November 2015, a Chicago realty company also filed a lawsuit aiming to evict Winner from a River North location, court records show. A hearing Friday in the pending case was continued.

In October 2014, Winner signed a lease to rent two storefronts at 770 N. LaSalle St. in River North with plans to open businesses in the building, according to court documents. AI Realty officials contend that Winner failed to open the businesses by an agreed upon date, but the firm was also concerned he wouldn't be able to open a business in the future, either, with his mounting legal troubles following his October 2015 arrest.

"Marc Winner has had some publicized legal issues which will undoubtedly impede his ability to do further work," the lawsuit reads. 

Attorneys representing AI Realty declined to comment Thursday. 

Winner is accused of raping a customer last summer and raping a former employee in a 2013 case. He was charged in an additional 2012 case Friday.

Earlier, the 2013 case were dismissed by a Cook County judge, but now, more than three years later, prosecutors have once again charged Winner with the crime, court records show. 

This week, the tanning salon at 1018 W. Madison St. was open for business as usual. An employee declined to say whether Winner still owns or is still working at the shop. 

Winner has been free since October, when he posted $50,000, or 10 percent of his $500,000 bail.

Messages left for Winner were not returned. 

Prosecutors earlier this year filed a petition asking for an increased bond since they believe Winner "poses a real and present threat to the physical safety of any woman entering the defendant's place of business, Soleil Tanning Salon."

Cook County Judge Carol M. Howard upheld the initial bail, but required Winner to adhere to a 7 p.m.-7 a.m. curfew, court records show.

Though Winner is allowed to work, he can't have unsupervised contact with female customers, the judge ruled. Additionally, he can't use customers' personal contact information for anything other than business purposes.

He also wears an electronic monitoring bracelet and is required to report to the county monthly.

Carla Agostinelli, executive director of the West Loop Community Organization, said that she has received many concerned calls and e-mails regarding "the tanning salon, it's owner and the overall impact the situation has on the community." The group will continue to work closely with Near West District Police to ensure the safety of our community and to provide residents with the resources they need, she said. 

Agostinelli's group "finds this news very troubling," she said. "We are mindful and respectful of the fact that this is an ongoing criminal investigation."

Labor disputes 

In February 2015, the Illinois Attorney General sued Tanning Solution LLC, owned by Winner, on behalf of a former employee who claimed he was not paid for hours worked. 

In 2013, the former employee filed a complaint with the Illinois Department of Labor, alleging Winner had not paid him for 141 hours of work. When he confronted Winner, Winner accused the former employee of stealing and said he would not pay him, according to the case. 

At one point, the state alleged Winner owed $4,257 to the former employee in back pay, penalties and other fees associated with the case, but the case was dismissed in March of this year. 

An Illinois Department of Labor spokesman declined to comment on the case Thursday.

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