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

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

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.

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Mayor Laurel Prussing with Alderwoman Diane Marlin at the Brookens Administrative Center Tuesday night.
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March 01, 2017

Marlin Wins Primary, Tops Prussing By 900 Votes

For the first time since 2005, Urbana will have a new mayor. Alderwoman Diane Marlin bested incumbent Mayor Laurel Prussing by more than 900 votes in Tuesday’s Democratic primary – and she’ll take on Republican Rex Bradfield in the April 4th election. Marlin maintained the early lead she held through early voting, finishing with an unofficial total of 2,427 votes. Prussing had 1,510, while Evelyn Burnette Underwood finished third with 316.

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Rev. Evelyn Burnett Underwood, Alderwoman Diane Marlin, and Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing in Monday's debate at the Urbana City Building.
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January 31, 2017

Urbana Mayoral Candidates Debate Crime, Economy

In the first debate for Urbana mayor, the three Democrats - all women - focused on two main themes - crime and policing, as well as business development and taxes. About 60 people filled the Urbana City Building to watch Monday's event organized by the League of Women Voters of Champaign County. The three-way Democratic primary pits incumbent Mayor Laurel Prussing against Alderwoman Diane Marlin and Rev. Evelyn Burnett Underwood.

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Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing says losing Carle hospital and clinics from tax rolls has shifted the burden onto other taxpayers.
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January 12, 2017

Illinois Supreme Court Weighing Hospital Tax Status

The Illinois Supreme Court considered a case Thursday that asks whether not-for-profit hospitals have to pay property taxes. The case involves Urbana-based Carle hospital and clinics — though it could affect health systems across Illinois. At issue is the constitutionality of a state law that exempts not-for-profit hospitals from paying property tax.

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Justice Lloyd Karmeier is congratulated by fellow Illinois Supreme Court Justices after being sworn in as the chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, in Springfield
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November 01, 2016

Karmeier Sworn In As Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier has been sworn in as the 120th chief justice of the state's highest court in a ceremony in Springfield. The 76-year-old Karmeier was sworn in Monday by Justice Rita Garman, who served three years as chief justice. In remarks, Karmeier thanked his colleges for their support, adding that they "hold a special place" in his heart.

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September 13, 2016

Illinois Supreme Court Won't Reconsider Redistricting Ruling

The Illinois Supreme Court has denied a request to reconsider its ruling that a group's initiative to change how legislative districts are drawn is ineligible for the November ballot. The court issued the ruling Tuesday on a 4-3 vote. The court ruled last month that the Independent Maps coalition's proposal was unconstitutional.

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