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Chicago Faces Church’s Claim Over Parking Limits (Corrected)

July 21, 2020, 2:15 PM; Updated: Aug. 6, 2020, 1:01 PM

Chicago must face a church’s claim that enforcing parking regulations allegedly delayed a real estate transaction and kept the church from buying a building, unlawfully imposing a “substantial burden” on the church’s religious exercise, an Illinois federal court said.

The Immanuel Baptist Church stated a plausible claim under the the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, Judge Mary M. Rowland of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois said July 20.

In 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit relaxed RLUIPA’s “substantial burden” standard to analyze whether the contested conduct “seriously violates” the...

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