Emotions are clashing in Orland Park over plans to build the very first mosque in that suburb.
Hundreds of people have sent city officials letters voicing their concerns, NBC5's Anna Davlantes reported. Others have signed a petition against the prayer center.
A Muslim-American doctor donated the site of the planned mosque, 16530 104th Ave., to the local Muslim community. Opponents believe the mosque would create a security issue in the community. They call the proposed mosque a breeding ground for extremism.
"I know many of us have fears about our changing world affairs, however, this prayer center is a proposal by Orland Park residents who deserve a place to worship closer to home, like all of us," said Orland Park Mayor Daniel McLaughlin in a statement.
Several hundred residents were expected at the Orland Park village meeting Monday night. Five of six trustees have already expressed support for the planned mosque.