CHICAGO - The Illinois Finance Authority board yesterday approved the University of Chicago Medical Center's plan to restructure $185 million of insured variable-rate debt in a unanimous vote, which came after several protestors voiced complaints charging that the hospital discriminates against the area's poor African-Americans.

The protestors called on the board to defer action on the financing until they could return with additional information and witnesses they said would support their allegations. The protestors believe that a university program that diverts residents who are not in need of urgent care away from the university's emergency room and to local clinics is designed to save money and is discriminatory.

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