Nos. 08-4167, 09-2142.

591 F.3d 531 (2009)

WORLD OUTREACH CONFERENCE CENTER and Pamela Blossom, Plaintiffs-Appellants, and United States of America, Intervening Appellant, v. CITY OF CHICAGO, Defendant-Appellee. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. City of Peoria, Defendant-Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

Decided December 30, 2009.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

John W. Mauck (argued), Mauck & Baker, Chicago, IL, for Plaintiffs-Appellants.

Mark B. Stern, Lowell Sturgill, Jr. (argued), Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for Intervening Appellant.

J. Mark Powell (argued), City of Chicago Law Department, Chicago, IL, for Defendant-Appellee.

Paul A. Lewis (argued), Miller, Hall & Triggs, Peoria, IL, for Plaintiff-Appellant.

Randall Ray (argued), City of Peoria, Peoria, IL, for Defendant-Appellee.

Before CUDAHY, POSNER, and ROVNER, Circuit Judges.

POSNER, Circuit Judge.

We have consolidated for decision two cases presenting the recurring issue of the rights of religious organizations to avoid having to comply with local land-use regulations. Analysis requires threading our way through a maze of statutory and constitutional provisions and we begin there, which is to say with the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000cc et seq., Illinois's Religious...

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