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Supreme Court to Rule on the Constitutionality of Tax-Exemption for Not-For-Profit Hospitals in Carle Foundation Case

As an update to previous articles, the Supreme Court will weigh the constitutionality of a law that lets not-for-profit hospitals skip paying property taxes — a question with potentially hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.  Hearings for this case… Continue Reading →

Why Lenders are Immune from Claims of Devaluing Property Tax Bases under the Fair Housing Act

In the wake of the Great Recession, many local governments have suffered from decreased revenues as property values—and property taxes—have plummeted around the country.  Many people blame the banks for plummeting property values through discriminatory lending practices.  Last week, the… Continue Reading →

How the Supreme Court’s Ruling in “Carle Foundation” Affects Local Tax Bases

As an update to previous articles on the Carle Foundation case, on March 23rd, the Supreme Court has decided to vacate the appellate court’s decision and to remand the case to the circuit court for further proceedings.  Carle Foundation v… Continue Reading →

How Governments Can Face Unexpected Bills From The TIF Act

In 1983 and 1986, the Village of Arlington Heights established two tax increment financing districts under 65 ILCS 5/11-74.4-1 et seq., the TIF Act.  The districts expired in 2006 and 2009.  This didn’t stop the County Treasurer from sending a… Continue Reading →

Non-Profit Hospital Property Tax Headed Towards Resolution Before Illinois Supreme Court

This week, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear oral argument in an important case for Illinois hospitals, which also has significant ramifications for property tax bases for local government entities. The Carle Foundation v. Cunningham Township decision will impact the… Continue Reading →

Constitutionality of Hospital Property Tax Exemption Comes Before Illinois Supreme Court

On January 5, 2016, the Illinois 4th District Court of Appeals decided Carle Foundation v. Cunningham Township, 2016 IL App (4th) 140795, finding that a broad property tax exemption for hospitals is unconstitutional. This is a significant decision that could… Continue Reading →

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