Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Illinois City Settles DOJ's Suit Over Mosque Rezoning

The Justice Department yesterday announced a Settlement Agreement (full text) with the City of Des Plaines, Illinois, settling a RLUIPA lawsuit brought against the city.  The suit alleged that the city improperly denied a zoning request that would have allowed a Bosnian Muslim religious organization to use property it wished to purchase for religious and educational purposes.  A federal district court ruled against the city in in February in refusing to grant it summary judgment. (See prior posting.) Under the settlement agreement, the city will comply with RLUIPA in the future and will provide training on RLUIPA to its officials and employees. Meanwhile, the Muslim group has acquired an alternative location for its mosque.