Thursday, December 24, 2015
Illinois Nuns Sue To Challenge Zoning Denial
A federal lawsuit was filed last week by an order of Catholic nuns to challenge the denial of a conditional use permit by McHenry County, Illinois. Fraternité Notre Dame already has a monastery, church, seminary, convent, retreat center, bakery, printing press and cemetery on its 95 acres of property. It now wants to add a barn in order to build a commercial kitchen, process grapes and brew beer. It also wants to add a school with attached dormitory; nursing home with hospice services; and gift shop and tasting area to sell pastries, religious and inspirational articles, and its own wine and beer. The complaint (full text) in Fraternité Notre Dame, Inc. v. County of McHenry, (ND IL, filed 12/16/2015), contends that the denial of zoning approval violates RLUIPA as well as the equal protection clauses of the Illinois and federal constitutions. Northwest Herald reports on the lawsuit.