Central Illinois Charity Care Case Could Impact Hospitals Statewide

Local taxing bodies and hospitals wanting clarity on what constitutes charity care will have to wait a bit longer, but one mayor hopes it will be worth the wait. It’s been ten years since the start of a case about whether Carle Foundation hospital properties in Urbana were used for charitable purposes and exempt from paying property taxes. The case made it all the way to the state supreme court, which kicked the case back to the lower courts last week. That means more time before the question of what constitutes charity care is answered. Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing questions what Carle Foundation claims is charity care.

Ted Rogalski of Genesis Medical Center Aledo says he’s following the case closely because it has ramifications statewide.

In an email to the Illinois Radio Network, Carle Foundation says they will continue to review the case in Champaign County Circuit Court.