Posts tagged Zoning permit
WBBM 780: American Islamic Center files lawsuit against Des Plaines city council [AUDIO]

WBBM Radio's Bob Conway shares news of the case filed on Monday, September 16 against the city of Des Plaines, alleging that members of the city council were discriminatory in their refusal to issue an Islamic center's zoning permit request.

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Chicago Tribune: Muslim group says Des Plaines zoning denial violates religious freedom

A Bosnian Muslim congregation filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Des Plaines and five aldermen, alleging they violated its religious freedom when they denied permission to convert a vacant office building into a community center and Muslim house of worship.

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Chicago Tribune: DuPage County approves mosque near Willowbrook

The distinctive minaret and golden dome will be absent, but MECCA — after months of controversy — won approval Tuesday to build a mosque near Willowbrook. After rejecting a call to send the matter back to the county's Zoning Board of Appeals for further study, the board signed off on the revised plan by approving a conditional-use permit 13-5.

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Naperville Sun: American-Islamic group sues officials

CAIR-Chicago Staff Attorney Kevin Vodak maintains that Irshad was treated differently than not only other religious institutions, but many secular institutions as well. "DuPage County needs to be held accountable for this violation of state and federal law," Vodak said.

Vodak indicated that comments made by ZBA members and protesters at County Board meetings left no doubt in his mind that religious bigotry played a part in denying Irshad the conditional permit it sought.

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