Hospital Tax Exemptions Still In Place, As High Court Sends Carle Case Back To Circuit Court

March 23, 2017
The Illinois Supreme Court building in Springfield, Ill.

The Illinois Supreme Court building in Springfield, Ill.


The long-running legal fight between the Carle Foundation and Urbana and other local governments over hospital tax exemptions will last a little longer.

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that an appellate court that ruled against current state law on the exemptions lacked the jurisdiction to do so. The high court sent the case back to circuit court. And for now at least, the 2012 state law defining how much charity work a hospital must provide to earn a tax exemption stays in place.

The Supreme Court ruling does not address the state law on hospital tax exemptions directly. Instead, the ruling looked to procedural rules on how the case should best be handled in court.

The full text of the Supreme Court’s ruling is available here.

Urbana Democratic mayoral candidate and alderwoman Diane Marlin said the ruling “was not the ruling that the city had been hoping for”. But she declined further comment until she could hear analysis from the city’s own attorneys before saying more.

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