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Legal fight over fate of Westlake Hospital draws in unusual players, in 'complex, complicated' court fight
'Complex, complicated' court fight over Westlake Hospital places judges, state officials at center of unprecedented fight over attempt to close money-losing Melrose Park health care facility.
Hospitals in Illinois have secured a key win in a longrunning court fight over whether they should be required to pay property taxes, as the Illinois Supreme Court has upheld as constitutional a state law allowing hospitals to remain tax exempt.
Illinois courts review hospital tax exemptions, with millions in tax revenue, viability in the balance
Illinois courts are wrestling with the idea of which hospital networks and major healthcare provider groups should pay property taxes - and a lot of revenue potentially hangs in the balance, perhaps jeopardizing the ability of hospitals, particularly in rural areas, to maintain service levels, some observers say.
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.
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.