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River of Life Kingdom Ministries v. Village of Hazel Crest, 08-2819

In a church's suit against a village under the equal-terms provision of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, seeking a preliminary injunction against the village's enforcement of a zoning ordinance that excludes new noncommercial uses from its district, dismissal of the complaint is affirmed in an en banc decision as, if religious and secular land uses that are treated the same from the standpoint of an accepted zoning criterion, such as "commercial district," or "residential district," or "industrial district," that is enough to rebut an equal-terms claim and thus, in this case, to show that the church is unlikely to prevail in a full litigation.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 02/24/2010
  • Submitted 07/02/2010
  • Decided 07/02/2010
  • Published 07/02/2010



  • United States Seventh Circuit