CHICAGO — The Illinois Supreme Court yesterday upheld an appellate court decision supporting the state’s decision to strip Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana of its property tax exemption because it failed to provide sufficient charity care in a case that has garnered national attention.

The court — which heard oral arguments in the case last September — rejected most of the hospital’s arguments and sided with the appellate court ruling that upheld the Illinois Department of Revenue’s position that Provena spent too little — less than 1% of its revenue according to the state — on charity care.

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