Reactions Mixed on Mosque Under Investigation by FBI

October 7, 2003

Source: Chicago Tribune

On October 7, 2003 the Chicago Tribune reported that "top federal law-enforcement officials in Chicago have scheduled a town hall meeting at a southwest suburban mosque following news reports the mosque is under federal investigation. The public meeting, to be held Friday night at the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview, is expected to draw a large crowd from the Chicago area's Muslim community. U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald, FBI Special Agent Thomas Kneir and other federal officials will take questions from the audience... Nancy Needles, a spokeswoman for Fitzgerald, said mosque leaders requested the town hall meeting, the first of its kind with Fitzgerald. Needles said community members have concerns beyond the mosque, such as racial profiling and prosecution of hate crimes. 'There is an ongoing fluid dialogue with the community out there,' Needles said. 'This is a way of expanding the dialogue.'