Should hospitals pay property taxes?

From the Daily Herald:

The case of whether a downstate hospital can be exempt from property taxes could have a multimillion dollar impact on suburban hospitals and governments in a dispute that’s been going on for years.

The Illinois Supreme Court this week agreed to hear arguments over a 2012 state law that allows hospitals to apply to be exempt from property taxes if they provide a certain amount of free care or subsidies to individual patients or governments.

The problem for the hospitals: An appellate court ruled this year the law is unconstitutional. After all, the court argued, not all the services provided in a hospital are for charity.

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