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Mauck & Baker, located in downtown Chicago, is nationally known for representing churches, religious institutions, businesses and individuals in religious liberties cases. Our monthly newsletter covers topics relating to religious news and legal information relevant to our practice. Please forward our newsletter on to others interested in religious freedom and visit our website for more information about our work. 
 
CASE UPDATES

Mauck & Baker Updates

Mauck & Baker filed a lawsuit on behalf of Illinois Bible colleges against the Illinois Board of Higher Education on Friday, January 16. See recent media coverage and read the article below for more information.
 
US District Judge Robert Gettlemen rebuked Waubonsee Community College in Lela vs. Waubonsee Community College, a higher education free speech case, in a memorandum opinion and order on Thursday, January 22.  With the help of Rutherford Institute, Attorneys Whitman H. Brisky and Noel W. Sterett represented plaintiffs Wayne Lela and John McCartney. Read more on the case. 
 
Mt. Zion Church of God in Christ of Garden City, Kansas settled with Garden City officials over a zoning dispute. The church was given a consent order in the settlement agreement and can now legally operate for worship.   
 
Noel W. Sterett will speak at the ABA's Conference on a panel titled "State and Local Government Law Religious Land Use Litigation Since 2000" on February 5th in Houston, Texas. Noel will be joined by other RLUIPA and municipal attorneys. 
EDUCATION
 
The case for Illinois Bible colleges     
January, 2014


 

Mauck & Baker filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the Illinois Bible Colleges Association against the Illinois Board of Higher Education. The IBHE prevents Illinois Bible colleges from operating and granting degrees unless their teaching and curriculum are approved by the state. We believe religious communities should determine the standards and criteria necessary to complete a degree for a ministry vocation. Read more about the case for Illinois Bible colleges.  

  
ZONING 
Eight winter parking solutions   
January, 2014


And the snow finally arrived! But with the winter wonderland comes difficulties for churches trying to keep parking lots clear and find enough spaces available for church members. Read eight winter parking solutions for tips so that you can provide easy access to visitors coming to your church and less hassle for regular church attenders.