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Muslim group sues Des Plaines for denying religious center
A Bosnian Muslim group is suing the city of Des Plaines and five of its aldermen, alleging the city council's rejection last month of a proposed religion center in an area zoned for manufacturing violated rights to religious freedom.
The Chicago Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and Tony Peraica, a Chicago attorney representing the American Islamic Center, filed the complaint in federal court Monday.
It alleges the city violated the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act by denying the center a zoning request that would allow it to operate on land it purchased in February at 1645 Birchwood Ave. The center intended to use the property for prayer services, religious education classes and community meetings.
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