Now, they have to fork over $445,000 in taxpayer money to the mosque for the ‘privilege.’ Not to worry, DuPage County residents, you can always sell your now devalued homes to the influx of Muslims who will descend upon your neighborhood in droves.
Naperville Sun The DuPage County Board has reached a $445,000 settlement with the Irshad Learning Center, effectively settling the dispute with the group seeking a permit for an Islamic center on 75th Street just east of the Naperville city limits.
The county released the information Wednesday afternoon without further comment, and Communications Director Johnna Kelley said there would be no further statement from Cronin on the matter.
The board’s 2010 vote to deny the permit for the Islamic center came after complaints from neighbors worried about their property values and quality of life due to increased traffic and lighting the center would bring into the area.
The groups sued, charging that the board’s ruling violated its rights under the First and 14th amendments. Federal Dhimmi Judge and Clinton appointee, Rebecca Pallmeyer of the Northern District of Illinois, ruled March 29 that the board had improperly denied the group’s request for the permit.
The DuPage County Board scheduled a vote on the permit for June 11. It was thought to be a formality, with the board expected to OK the conditional use permit and agreeing to pay an unspecified amount of damages to compensate the Irshad Learning Center for its legal fees and expenses.
But several board members, including those in favor of issuing the permit, had qualms about the process involved, being concerned that the judiciary was telling the County Board what it should do concerning a permit matter.
The board tabled the issue June 11, which meant that representatives of the DuPage State’s Attorney Office could go back to Judge Pallmeyer for clarification on how to proceed in reaching the settlement that everyone seemed to agree was inevitable.
In a similar case in DuPage County, another residential suburban neighborhood is being forced to allow a single family residence to be used as a mosque.
WBEZ DuPage County has reversed an earlier decision on a zoning petition by a Muslim group, and will now allow the Islamic Center of Western Suburbs to conduct worship services in a single-family residence near west suburban Bartlett. The reconsideration of the group’s petition came per order of federal magistrate judge Sheila Finnegan, as part of a negotiated settlement between the two parties.
“‘They didn’t vote right,’ that’s what the judge said, ‘You got to do it over, do it right,’” fumed Jacqueline Sitkiewicz, after the 10-7 vote in favor of the petitioner was tallied. “Why have a county board, then? Just abolish it and when you have an issue, go right to the judge.”
Sitkiewitz and her husband, whose home sits directly next to the ICWS property, were among many neighbors who voiced opposition during the public comment portion of the county board meeting. Many said that the proposed use, which would allow up to 166 people to visit each day, would overwhelm its septic capacity. They also said that plans to pave over portions of the property for a parking lot would result in stormwater flooding, and that traffic on the already-busy Army Trail Road would become more dangerous.
The ICWS sued DuPage County in federal court last year claiming discrimination after it failed to win its conditional use bid. But the county recently lost a similar federal case with another Islamic group, the Irshad Learning Center. That prompted the ICWS and DuPage County to pursue a settlement in their case.
ICWS still seeks damages and attorneys fees in their case, an issue that was not discussed at Tuesday’s board meeting. “I don’t think the case is mooted because of the zoning approval today,” said Mark Daniel, attorney for ICWS. “It’s one major step in the direction of getting this resolved. The biggest step, actually, but it’s not the full route that we have to take.” (Of course not, now you want to force the County to pay jizya (non-Muslim poll tax) to the Muslims.