[JURIST] A federal jury in Illinois has rejected a Muslim groups claim that city officials violated their civil rights by blocking its 2001 plans to turn a vacant Christian church into a mosque. The Al Salam Mosque Foundation argued that the Chicago suburb of Palos Heights discriminated against the group based on their religion and later breached a contract to give the group $200,000 to drop their purchase plans. The city argued that the property was needed to build recreation space, and the council's plan to pay the foundation to drop its mosque plan was rejected by the city's mayor. AP has more. The Chicago Sun-Times has local coverage.