Islamic Society fights for new mosque

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. -- The Islamic Society of the Northwest Suburbs is looking to move into a larger building. But it’s run into problems with zoning regulations.

Tonight, they’re hoping to work out this issue when the Rolling Meadows City Council meets.

The current mosque – which has been here for 30 years -- sits in the city’s manufacturing district.

The new 47,000 square foot site would be right around the corner, also located in the manufacturing district.

City law restricts non-manufacturing use in this zone, including religious organizations. But the Islamic Society says it serves 300 to 400 people. They have prayer service, a free clinic, a food pantry and educational activities.

The Islamic Society says the new mosque would expand these services. But the City Council here in Rolling Meadows has become a roadblock. A March vote on the mosque’s zoning failed 2 to 3.

At the time, the aldermen who voted against zoning for the new mosque did not explain why.

The Islamic Society is not giving up. They gathered 300 petition signatures.