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Hospitals could face more litigation, costs from property taxes following IL Supreme Court decision

Chandra Lye Jun. 19, 2017, 12:05pm

The Illinois Supreme Court's decision earlier this year to punt on the question of whether hospitals should maintain property tax exemptions could yet prove costly for some hospitals, until the state high court ultimately clears up legal questions surrounding the exemptions for the nonprofit health care organizations.

State OK to deny church-affiliated daycare center property tax exemption because too 'businesslike'

Sara McCleary May 22, 2017, 5:33pm

A state appeals court in Springfield has said the state of Illinois was correct to deny a property tax exemption to a church for a day care center owned, staffed and operated by the church and its member, finding the day care center was more "businesslike than religious" in nature.

Cook County judge indicted over mortgage fraud scheme

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 12, 2017, 6:00pm

Cook County Judge Jessica Arong O'Brien has been indicted for her alleged role in a mortgage fraud scheme, which took place a few years before she was elected to the Cook County bench.

IL Supreme Court mulls legality of hospital property tax exemptions; could await better test case

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 13, 2017, 5:23pm

The Illinois Supreme Court could soon decide whether hospitals in Illinois should be allowed to avoid paying property taxes, or whether a state law used to grant them tax exemptions should be declared unconstitutional. Or the court could simply sidestep the matter for now, and instead await the arrival of a different case better suited for addressing the sticky legal questions.

City Hall can't tax mortgage transfers, because mortgages don't equal ownership, appeals panel says

Dan Churney Dec. 27, 2016, 12:17pm

A state appeals panel in Chicago has ruled the city of Chicago can’t impose its real estate transfer tax on mortgage assignments for two properties – one on the Gold Coast – because mortgages don’t confer ownership, and so are not “beneficial interests” as defined by the tax ordinance. 

IL appeals panel breaks with colleagues, says hospital tax exemptions constitutional

Scott Holland Dec. 23, 2016, 6:41pm

Even as they noted their decision conflicts with the findings of their colleagues in Springfield, a panel of state appeals court justices in Chicago has ruled the Illinois law exempting nonprofit hospitals from property taxes is, indeed, constitutional.

Chef, co-owner at Parthenon asks court to take over restaurant, says co-owners took $1M

Scott Holland Dec. 14, 2016, 2:12pm

A chef and minority shareholder in Chicago’s former Parthenon has asked a Cook County judge to intervene in management of the Greek restaurant's assets, saying the father and daughter team who owned the now-shuttered establishment took nearly $1 million for their own purposes.

Suburban nonprofit theater not property tax exempt because not 'charitable,' panel says

Dana Herra Sep. 23, 2016, 12:44pm

A suburban community theater troupe will not receive a property tax exemption on its theater, after a state appellate court upheld previous findings by the state and a trial court that the theater, while nonprofit, is not charitable enough to qualify for an exemption.

IL Supreme Court to tackle hospital property taxes, rights of protesters in Grant Park

Jonathan Bilyk May 25, 2016, 4:21pm

The Illinois Supreme Court will weigh in on the question of whether Illinois law can constitutionally exempt hospitals from paying property taxes, and whether the city of Chicago can use curfew laws to keep protesters out of Grant Park over night.

IL appeals panel says state within its rights to make convenience stores pay more cigarette tax

Scott Holland Mar. 11, 2016, 11:20am

The Illinois First District Appellate Court has upheld a Cook County Circuit Court ruling that an increase in the state’s cigarette tax does not violate the state constitution. Casey’s Marketing Company, which operates hundreds of Casey’s General Store convenience stores, filed the initial complaint in the wake of state legislation in 2012 to roughly double the per cigarette tax charged to those who sell them.

Illinois law granting hospitals tax exemption struck down by appellate court as unconstitutional

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 8, 2016, 3:41pm

A state appellate panel has struck down an Illinois law providing tax exemptions to hospitals, saying lawmakers erred under the state constitution in believing hospitals should be able to avoid paying property taxes because they may provide enough benefits to their communities to offset the millions of dollars in tax revenue lost to cities, counties, school districts and other local property tax-collecting entities.

Ex-worker alleges Department of Revenue discharged him unlawfully

Robert Hadley Dec. 22, 2015, 12:30pm

CHICAGO – A Cook County man is suing the Illinois Department of Revenue, alleging unlawful termination.

Chicago grocer challenges tax bill levied by Illinois revenue agents

Robert Hadley Dec. 9, 2015, 1:21pm

CHICAGO–A Chicago grocery and liquor store is suing Illinois, saying the state is attempting to block renewal of its liquor license, allegedly because of unpaid taxes.

State asks court to shut down auto electronics shop for unpaid taxes, operating without license

Dan Harkins May 18, 2015, 8:40am

Illinois has asked a judge to keep an automotive business from operating without a license.