With DuPage County already owing $445,000 to one Islamic organization as a result of a federal lawsuit, officials are hoping to spend far less taxpayer money settling a separate legal dispute with another religious group that sued over a zoning issue.

The DuPage County Board this week reversed its position and approved Islamic Center of Western Suburbs' plans to use a house near West Chicago as a prayer center.

Mark Daniel, the attorney representing Islamic Center of Western Suburbs, called the board's decision "a step in the direction" toward resolving his client's federal lawsuit against DuPage. That suit was filed after a previous board voted in May 2012 to reject the center's application.

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