Dedication ceremonies are planned for Tuesday for a Nativity scene at the State Capitol building. This is the fifth straight year for the Nativity scene at the Statehouse.
Supporters say the privately-funded display is both a seasonal celebration, and a demonstration of the right of religious people to express their beliefs in the public square.
But the group that puts up the Statehouse scene each year is challenging a decision by the Arlington Heights Park District, rejecting a request to erect a similar display there.
The group notes that Arlington Heights allows secular holiday decorations in the park, including a snowman and a Christmas tree with presents underneath… and says the religious display should be accommodated, too.