Should Illinois hospitals have to pay property taxes? Court will weigh question

From the Tribune:

“The reality is that today’s hospitals are not little operations run by nuns who have devoted themselves to living in poverty to help other people,” according to a court brief filed by Urbana and others fighting Carle’s exemption, including Champaign County and Cunningham Township. “… Today’s hospitals are big businesses.”

Urbana lost 11 percent of its assessed property value for tax purposes when Carle Foundation Hospital and another Urbana hospital, now called Presence Covenant Medical Center, were relieved of paying more than $6 million a year in property taxes, said Mayor Laurel Prussing.


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