The Islamic Society of Northwest Suburbs will be allowed to relocate to a
larger facility within a manufacturing district in Rolling Meadows.
By a 4-3 vote, a majority of the Rolling Meadows City Council approved
amending a city zoning code to allow places of worship to operate under a
special use permit in a manufacturing district.
"It is the right thing to do, and I am glad the council did the right
thing. We are very grateful to the council," Mohammad Salam, president of
the Islamic Society, which has called Rolling Meadows home for the past two
The society, now at 3890 Industrial Avenue, wants to move to a facility
three times in size - but just doors away - at 3950 Industrial Avenue.
Prior to the vote, a number of supporters addressed the council urging
changing of the city code and granting of a special use permit to the society.
"I would hope that tonight, without any further delay, the citizens of
Rolling Meadows would be recognized as a city that welcomes and encourages
diversity," resident Carol Melby said.
Guy Austrian, of the Jewish Council of Urban Affairs of Chicago, urged the
City Council to support the efforts of the Islamic Society..