Judge rules religious order can expand McHenry County operations

McHenry County, Illinois

MARENGO, Ill. (Chicago Tribune) — A traditional Catholic religious order has received the go-ahead to build a boarding school, nursing 辽宁体彩网, gift shop, brewery and winery in northern Illinois despite objections from some local officials and residents. U.S. Magistrate Judge Iain Johnston approved a consent decree between McHenry County’s state’s attorney and Fraternite Notre Dame Inc. The Chicago Tribune reports that the county board had refused to even hold a hearing on the agreement. In his ruling, Johnston criticized the board for “shirking a fundamental duty.” The decision ends several years of litigation over the order’s planned expansion of its operation in Marengo.