Carle Foundation Hospital

An Illinois appeals court decision is reopening a statewide dispute over whether hospitals should be exempt from paying property taxes worth millions of dollars to local governments.

The Illinois 4th District Appellate Court ruled Tuesday that part of a 2012 law is unconstitutional that allows state hospitals to avoid paying property taxes.

Laurence Msall of the Civic Federation says the Illinois Department of Revenue needs direction from the Legislature and Gov. Bruce Rauner on handling applications from hospitals seeking tax exemptions.

Kindred Hospital

Sycamore police say it appears one or both  of the two people found dead in a Sycamore hospital Tuesday died of self-inflicted gun shot wounds. The bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in a patient's room after shots were heard in Kindred Hospital, an acute care facility. 

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Judge Halts Rockford Hospital Deal

Apr 6, 2012

A federal judge has halted a deal between Rockford Health System and Peoria-based OSF HealthCare until the Federal Trade Commission can review it.

U.S. District Judge Frederick Kapala in Rockford made the ruling Thursday. He is ordering the two health systems to maintain the status quo for now.

The FTC challenged OSF's proposed acquisition of Rockford Health System on antitrust grounds. OSF runs OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. Rockford Health operates Rockford Memorial Hospital.