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Complaint seeks to have Nativity display in park

CHICAGO – A suburban Chicago resident is challenging a local park district's refusal to let him put up a Nativity scene in a public park as part of a holiday lights display.

A law firm has sent a letter of complaint to the Arlington Heights Park District on behalf of Jim Finnegan of Barrington.

The Thomas More Society law firm cited similar religious displays in public places, including Chicago's Daley Plaza.

Finnegan is chairman of the Illinois Nativity Scene Committee. His complaint says "you cannot delete 'Christ' from 'Christmas.'"

The Chicago Tribune reported that the Park District rejected the display and decided to stick with its traditional theme of children's toys.

Park District Director Steve Scholten said the district's attorneys are reviewing the complaint and he could not comment further.

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