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DuPage County Board approves mosque near Willowbrook

Jamshid Jahedi, a structural engineer, left, MECCA President Abdulgany Hamadeh, center, and MECCA board member Bassam Osman, right, after DuPage County voted 13-5 to approve a conditional use permit for a mosque in Willowbrook. (Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune)

Jamshid Jahedi, a structural engineer, left, MECCA President Abdulgany Hamadeh, center, and MECCA board member Bassam Osman, right, after DuPage County voted 13-5 to approve a conditional use permit for a mosque in Willowbrook. (Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune)

The distinctive minaret and golden dome will be absent, but a Muslim group — after months of controversy — won approval Tuesday to build a mosque near Willowbrook.

A conflict between the religious group’s right to practice its faith and the local community’s concern about overdevelopment gave way to compromise when the DuPage County Board accepted a scaled-back proposal of the mosque from the Muslim Educational Cultural Center of America, or MECCA.

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