Prayer center near W. Chicago gets another look

Daily Herald report
Updated 1/18/2011 6:46 PM

DuPage County's zoning board of appeals will take another look at a Muslim group's request to use a house near West Chicago as a prayer center.

The zoning panel last month rejected Islamic Center of Western Suburbs' request to have the single-family home at 28W774 Army Trail Road declared a religious institution. But county officials said Tuesday that a letter from the county health department means the committee will review the project again, possibly next month.


Kevin Gallaher, the center's attorney, said the letter contains new information that the home's existing septic system is capable of meeting the center's needs. Some zoning board members were worried about the possibility of having roughly 30 people regularly using the septic system.

Eventually, a county board development committee will review the plan before it goes to the full county board for a final decision.