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Church, Burbank gear up for trial to see how much Burbank owes church for unfairly denying permit

Zachary Lewis Jun. 16, 2017, 7:02pm

As a church and the suburban city of Burbank gear up to fight in court over how much the city should pay the church for improperly subjecting it to alleged overly rigorous zoning requirements, the attorney who represented the church says religious groups should know their rights under the law when dealing with potentially unwelcoming village and city governments.

IL gay conversion therapy ban doesn't apply to pastors, religious counselors, judge says

Chandra Lye Mar. 1, 2017, 6:11pm

A group of Illinois Christian pastors have hailed a Chicago federal judge's decision to dismiss their case challenging an Illinois state law governing so-called gay conversion therapy, saying the judge's ruling establishes legal protections for private religious counselors.

Church wins OK to continue to jury with claims Burbank discriminated by denying permit for sanctuary

Scott Holland Feb. 23, 2017, 5:26pm

A church will be allowed to press its claim that a southwest suburban Cook County government owes it some money for allegedly discriminating against the congregation and torpedoing the church’s deal in place to buy land for a new sanctuary. 

Illinois Bible colleges appeal to Seventh Circuit for right to issue degrees

Heather Doyle Jan. 19, 2017, 5:16pm

A group of Illinois Bible colleges and allied groups are aiming to persuade a federal appeals court that religious colleges should not need a state seal to offer a degree.

Religious housing group plans appeal in Blue Island discrimination case, home's attorney says

Karen Kidd Oct. 12, 2016, 6:51pm

The longstanding dispute between a religious addiction recuperation group, Affordable Recovery Housing, and the suburban city of Blue Island isn't over yet, as attorneys for the suburban Chicago recovery home plan to seek another day in court.

Pro-life pregnancy centers, doctors challenge IL mandatory abortion referral rules

Scott Holland Sep. 30, 2016, 5:51pm

A group of Illinois’ pro-life pregnancy centers and an obstetrical practice have filed a complaint about the state’s new mandatory referral rules, arguing the law forces “them to speak a message contrary to their mission.” 

Blue Island didn't discriminate by trying to force religious housing group to install sprinklers: Judge

Scott Holland Sep. 28, 2016, 2:32pm

A longstanding dispute between a religious addiction recovery group and the city of Blue Island ended last week in federal court in Chicago, after a judge said the suburban city did not violate the group’s rights by seeking to force it to install fire sprinklers in its buildings.

Christian colleges don't have implicit constitutional right to award degrees free of state regulation, judge says

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 29, 2016, 2:05pm

The First Amendment does not shield Christian colleges from state authority to regulate degree-awarding higher educational institutions, a federal judge has ruled.

Romeoville church contends village zoning regulations box out small churches, break federal, state law

Dan Churney Sep. 14, 2015, 5:48pm

A church has asked a federal judge to determine whether Caesar has asked it to render too much, as the religious group has alleged zoning regulations in the village of Romeoville are discriminatory, making it almost impossible for small churches to locate in the village. On Sept. 4, Truth Foundation Ministries (TFM) filed a three-count complaint in the U.S.