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Interesting Land Use Provisions of the Illinois Religious Corporation Act

  • February 21, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

In Illinois, there is a very old and little-known law called the Religious Corporation Act of 1872 (805 ILCS 110 et seq.). The Act is still on the books and affords religious congregations an alternative way of incorporating. If a congregation does not want to […]

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Quick RLUIPA Win in New York: Consent Decree Frees Mount Zion Ministries Church to Locate in Whitestown

  • February 10, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

The only thing better than a win is a quick win. Case in point, just over a week after we filed suit on behalf of Mount Zion Ministries Church (also operating as Redeemer Church), we were able to obtain an order protecting the church’s right […]

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How a Pending Supreme Court Case and the Growing School Choice Movement Could Lead to More Religious Land Use Cases

  • January 30, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

This week is National School Choice Week. And coincidentally, just last week the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a key school choice case with significant religious liberty concerns. The case, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, involves a scholarship program that provides […]

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Noel Sterett to Argue Important Health Care Right of Conscience Case Before 2nd Dist. Appellate Court of Illinois

  • January 13, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

On January 28, 2020, I will argue a key health care right of conscience case before the 2nd District Appellate Court of Illinois. My client, Sandra Rojas, is a pediatric nurse who worked at the Winnebago County Health Clinic for eighteen years. In 2014, the […]

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When Should We Get a Religious Land Use Lawyer Involved?

  • December 11, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett

Churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and other religious institutions can often resolve religious land use and zoning matters without having to file a lawsuit or set foot in a courtroom. This is especially true when a religious land use and zoning attorney is involved early on. […]

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Why We Fight for Religious Liberty

  • December 10, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett

I just read attorney Luke Goodrich’s excellent new book entitled Free to Believe:  The Battle Over Religious Liberty in America. Because we have the privilege at Dalton & Tomich of being on the front lines of that battle, I read the book with great interest. […]

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What Types of Religious Organizations Does RLUIPA Protect?

  • December 9, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett

Attorney Noel Sterett has had the privilege of helping all types of religious organizations across the country with their zoning and land use matters. In that time, he has discovered that many houses of worship and other religious entities are not aware of the rights […]

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Trial Court vs. Appellate Court: What is the Difference?

  • December 8, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett

Appellate courts differ from trial courts in several very important ways. Attorney Noel Sterett explains the differences. For example, he covers how the role of judges and juries differs between trial and appellate courts, how evidence is utilized in each and the purpose of a […]

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How Do We Handle Public Relations in the Case of a Lawsuit?

  • December 6, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett

Attorney Noel Sterett believes it is important for parties involved in a lawsuit to understand and consider how to handle public relations during the case. In this video, Noel shares some of the recommendations he often relays to his own clients, many of which have […]

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Four Things to Know About Illinois Zoning

  • December 5, 2019
  • by Noel Sterett

In Illinois, zoning has become one of the most important considerations for any business or organization with plans to relocate, expand or develop a property. In this video, Illinois land use and zoning attorney Noel Sterett shares four things that everyone needs to know about […]

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