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Muslim group accepts offer to abandon mosque plans

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PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. — A Muslim group that had planned to turn a suburban Chicago church into a mosque has decided to accept $200,000 from the city to walk away from the deal, officials representing the Al Salam Mosque Foundation said Friday.

The City Council voted last month to pay the money if the Muslim group would abandon its plan to buy the old Reformed Church of Palos Heights. Aldermen insist they want to use the church, which has been for sale for more than two years, an an annex for the city's recreation center, and say religion has nothing to do with the deal.