Mt. Vernon Register-News

April 3, 2013

Islamic group sues DuPage County over facility


Associated Press

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CHICAGO (AP) — An Islamic group has filed a lawsuit against DuPage County seeking unspecified monetary damages for the county board's refusal to allow an education facility to operate near Naperville.

In a ruling last week, U.S. District Court Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer reversed the board's decision barring the Irshad Learning Center.

The board in 2010 denied a conditional-use permit for the facility, claiming concern about the center operating in a residential neighborhood.

Pallmeyer found the county board made an "arbitrary and capricious" decision by denying a conditional-use permit for the Irshad Learning Center.

Kevin Vodak of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says the center is seeking "appropriate compensation" to pay for the group's legal fees and expenses.

DuPage County officials have declined comment on the lawsuit.