Update: Morton Grove Files Complaint Against Islamic Center

February 19, 2004

Source: The Pioneer Press


On February 19, 2004 The Pioneer Press reported that "A neighborhood group is charging a 'conspiracy' exists between the village and Muslim Community Center that has allowed the school to continue to hold public religious services without a special use permit. The amended complaint filed Feb. 12 in U.S. District Court on behalf of the Morton Grove Organization also asks for monetary damages and seeks a court order that would stop the MCC from holding services... The MGO originally filed suit against the MCC, village and several village officials in September contending that under the village ordinance a special-use permit is needed for the MCC to offer prayer services for the public. The suit contended that by allowing the services, the village is depriving neighbors of the right to enjoy use of their property. The suit followed more than a year of discussions over parking and traffic problems near the school at 8601 Menard Ave."