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Illinois Supreme Court weighs whether hospitals must pay property taxes

Illinois Supreme Court weighs whether hospitals must pay property taxes

Hospital and municipal leaders gathered Thursday for their long-awaited chance to argue before the Illinois Supreme Court whether a law allowing not-for-profit hospitals to skip paying property taxes is constitutional.

Based on some of the justices' questions, it's possible the case before the state's highest court might not be the end for an issue with the potential to affect the pocketbooks of taxpayers, municipalities and hospitals across the state.

Illinois not-for-profit hospitals currently are exempt from having to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in property taxes so long as the value of their charitable services is equal to or greater than their estimated tax...

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