Source: The Chicago Tribune
On February 17, 2004 The Chicago Tribune reported, "The Morton Grove Planning Commission recommended on Monday that the village ease its requirements for holding public assembly, a step some neighbors say could legalize the controversial prayer services at the Muslim Community Center and boost the organization's effort to build a mosque on the land. The village currently requires organizations to have a special-use permit for holding large gatherings on their property. The community center has been holding Friday services at the school it operates at 8601 N. Menard Ave. since it opened 15 years ago but has never had such a permit. Under the proposal, approved 5-1, only houses of worship on property exceeding 3.5 acres in residential areas would have to obtain a permit. The Village Board is expected to vote on the issue March 8."