Slaughterhouse expected to reopen

April 11, 2019

HERSCHER — A long-closed slaughterhouse just east of Herscher is expected to reopen as a business specializing in Islam-approved meat.

On Tuesday, the Kankakee County Board approved the zoning for Oak Lawn-based Aljazara Halal Meat to operate a slaughterhouse.

In Arabic, “halal” means permissible. Halal meats are those that are allowed under Islamic law.

According to county documents, the building originally was constructed as a slaughterhouse and was occupied by Oscar’s Meats. After Oscar’s ceased its business, the property remained vacant for several years.

At some point, Morris Meats reopened the business. It closed about five years ago, according to the county. The new firm is expected to be a business licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture with inspectors on site.

The county board based its unanimous decision on the recommendation of the zoning board, which found the slaughterhouse would not “injure” nearby property, most of which is primarily agricultural.

No one expressed opposition during county meetings.