Lawsuit Claims Bias In Rejection Of Proposed Islamic Center

April 8, 2010

Author: Bob Goldsborough

Source: Chicago Tribune,0,3274485.story

A federal lawsuit was filed Thursday against the DuPage County Board and county zoning officials alleging discrimination in the rejection of a proposal for an Islamic educational center and place of worship near Naperville.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations filed the suit in federal court in Chicago on behalf of the Irshad Learning Center, which had been proposed for a 2.91-acre site on 75th Street between Wehrli Road and Naper Boulevard in an unincorporated area near Naperville.

The County Board voted 10-7 in January to reject plans for the center, which would serve about 30 Shia Muslim families in the western suburbs who predominantly are of Middle Eastern origin or descent and who have been without a permanent educational and worship center for the past eight years.