Non-profit Illinois hospitals will not have to start paying local property taxes.

At least not right away.

That decision comes from the Illinois Supreme Court, which did not address the question of whether hospitals merit exemption from the local property taxes that some Illinois communities seek to impose on them.  Instead, the Supreme Court concluded that the lower courts that ruled unconstitutional the law giving these hospitals their tax-exempt status lacked the jurisdiction to making such a ruling.

So the Illinois Supreme Court sent the case back to a circuit court to be reconsidered.

Learn more about the latest in attempts by local governments to pursue local tax revenue from non-profit hospitals in Illinois in this Chicago Tribune article.