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Judge clears way for Islamic group to open facility near Naperville
by Susan Frick Carlman
A federal judge in Chicago has ruled against DuPage County's refusal to allow an Islamic organization to open a worship center just over the eastern border of Naperville.
In a decision issued late Friday, Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer agreed with the assertion by the Irshad Learning Center that the county had violated provisions of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act in denying its request for a conditional use permit in January 2010. But while she said there was "ignorance" of the practices of Islam evident in some of the protracted proceedings over the request, she did not believe county officials discriminated against Irshad.
The 75 local families who comprise Irshad now use space in a Woodridge church for worship. The group purchased a home on three acres facing 75th Street east of Naper Boulevard in August 2008, hoping to establish a gathering place near where the members live.
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