Des Plaines is being sued over the city council's decision to deny plans for a mosque at 1645 Birchwood Avenue in August, the Chicago Tribune reported.
American Islamic Center asserts in the lawsuit that its constitutional
rights were violated when the city refused to change the industrial zoning of the property, the newspaper reported.
opposing the project, city council members cited a myriad of reasons,
including the loss of tax revenue: ""I met with them and they were very
nice people," said 6th Ward Alderman
Mark Walsten at the City Council meeting. "The issue in my view is
whether we want to change the zoning of properties like this and lose
The property previously was used by an insurance company for office space. The
property generated about $95,000 in property tax revenue with 13
percent, or about $12,500 going to the city of Des Plaines.