Chicagoans Fight 'Mega-Church' Plans The Salem Baptist Church in Chicago wants to build a church with room for thousands of worshippers. Nearby residents are unhappy with the plans. The dispute is the latest of several around the United States that finds communities treating "mega-churches" like out of control shopping malls, accusing them of violating zoning laws and of overwhelming neighborhoods. NPR's Cheryl Corley reports.
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Chicagoans Fight 'Mega-Church' Plans

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Chicagoans Fight 'Mega-Church' Plans

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The Salem Baptist Church in Chicago wants to build a church with room for thousands of worshippers. Nearby residents are unhappy with the plans. The dispute is the latest of several around the United States that finds communities treating "mega-churches" like out of control shopping malls, accusing them of violating zoning laws and of overwhelming neighborhoods. NPR's Cheryl Corley reports.