Quinn: Con­tinue re­view of hos­pi­tals’ tax ex­emp­tions

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Illi­nois Gov. Pa­trick Quinn has asked the Illi­nois Depart­ment of Rev­enue to con­tinue its re­view of ap­pli­ca­tions sub­mit­ted by not­for-profit hos­pi­tals seek­ing prop­erty-tax ex­emp­tions. Quinn failed to reach an agree­ment with the state’s hos­pi­tals and other state of­fi­cials that would clar­ify the re­quire­ments for an ex­emp­tion by a March 1 dead­line. “The Depart­ment of Rev­enue will fol­low that di­rec­tive and re­sume its de­lib­er­a­tions to­day and ex­pects to be­gin de­cid­ing ex­emp­tion ap­pli­ca­tions this month,” ac­cord­ing to an e-mailed state­ment from the depart­ment. The ef­fort to forge an agree­ment was trig­gered in Au­gust when the rev­enue depart­ment took away the ex­emp­tions from three hos­pi­tals, 171-bed De­catur (Ill.) Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal, 330-bed Ed­ward Hospi­tal in Naperville and Prentice Women’s Hospi­tal at North­west­ern Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal in Chicago. The depart­ment said as many as 15 hos­pi­tals are un­der re­view for tax-ex­empt sta­tus. The Illi­nois Hospi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion said in a writ­ten state­ment that talks will con­tinue with state of­fi­cials.

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