Judge reverses county board decision to block Islamic center - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Judge reverses county board decision to block Islamic center

Posted: Updated:
NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Associated Press) -

A federal judge has reversed a county board's decision to prevent an Islamic education facility from operating in suburban Chicago.

In a ruling Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer says she expects the DuPage County Board to approve a request from the Irshad Learning Center.

The board denied a conditional-use permit for the facility in 2010, after nearly two years of debate. Board members said they were concerned about the center operating in a residential neighborhood.

Officials from Irshad filed a federal lawsuit, arguing the board violated their Constitutional right to the free practice of religion.

Pallmeyer concludes there was no direct evidence of deliberate discrimination. But she says there's no evidence Irshad would have any more impact than other religious institutions already operating in residential areas.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow Us!

Share Your Photos & Video

Powered by WorldNow

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices