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Naperville day care closed after operator charged with prostitution
By Melissa Jenco | Daily Herald Staff

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Published: 6/18/2010 5:12 PM | Updated: 6/18/2010 6:48 PM

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A Naperville day care home has been closed, at least temporarily, after its owner was charged with prostitution.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is investigating Amy Elizabeth Thoren, who runs ABC and TLC Home Daycare, DCFS spokesman Kendall Marlowe said Friday.

"We are in the process of shutting down this day care home," he said. "She will not be allowed to continue operating while the criminal case is pending."

Thoren, 42, of 61 Bunting Lane in Naperville, was one of three women arrested Thursday in a prostitution sting.

Naperville police say the women arranged meetings with clients over the Internet and met them at hotels and motels on Naperville's north side.

Thoren's residence has been licensed as a day care home - permitting a maximum of seven children - since July 2006. Licenses must be renewed annually and its holders undergo regular monitoring visits.

Thoren has not previously been under investigation by DCFS, Marlowe said. The agency conducted its most recent monitoring visit in September 2009 and renewed her license.

Marlowe said minor violations are not uncommon and Thoren had several at that time related to paperwork. Those have since been corrected. DCFS records show one violation related to a training requirement has not yet been corrected.

If convicted on the prostitution charge, Thoren would not be allowed to retain her day care license.

One of the other women charged in the prostitution sting, Bobbi Jo Rennicks, 32, is listed at the same address as Thoren. Marlowe said all adults living in a day care home are required to clear a background check. He could not immediately find any information on Rennicks in DCFS records.

The third woman charged with prostitution Thursday was Virgen Perez Velazquez, 39, of 2232 N. Monitor Ave. in Chicago. All three women have been released on bond.