Illinois County Assessor Moves Forward With Property Tax on Prentice Women's Hospital

Illinois Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios is moving ahead to put Northwestern Memorial's Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago on the property tax rolls even though the non-profit hospital's tax status has not been resolved, according to a Crain's Chicago Business report.

Prentice Women's Hospital stands to pay $66 million for property taxes accumulated over the past four years, according to the report. The hospital is one of three non-profit hospitals that had its tax-exempt status denied by the Illinois Department of Revenue after the IDR determined the hospitals did not spend enough of their net patient revenue on charity care.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has currently halted the IDR's tax-exemption decision as the Illinois legislature drafts more specific definitions of a non-profit hospital's charity care requirements.

Officials said the Cook County assessor's office is only following the advice of the county state's attorney's office, according to the report. Northwestern Memorial has filed appeals to void the tax payments.

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