They say the only certainties in life are death and taxes — but not for many Illinois hospitals that don't have to pay property taxes to their local communities.
A case set to go before the state Supreme Court on Thursday is challenging the law that allows Illinois' not-for-profit hospitals to skip paying property taxes.
Those challenging the law say many not-for-profit hospitals enjoy hefty profits and should have to contribute to their communities, just like any other business. Hospitals, however, argue they provide valuable charitable care and use the exemptions to fulfill their communities' health care needs.
Hundreds of millions of dollars — for hospitals,...