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According to a recent report - The US Religion Census 2010 - there are now more Muslims than Southern Baptists in Illlinois. Here's a quote:
Muslims have become the third-largest religious group in the state after Roman Catholics and independent evangelicals. Not to mention, the fastest-growing one.
The Chicago Tribune published an article on the religious data for Illinois here. You can also find the nation-wide summary findings here. One must ask how seriously we should take any mission agency broadly focused on Chicagoland which pays little or no attention to the presence, needs, and divine opportunities presented by such a massive and rapidly burgeoning Muslim community.