CHICAGO - The Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday announced it would hear Provena Covenant Medical Center's appeal of a lower court opinion that stripped the Urbana hospital of its property tax exemption for failing to provide sufficient charity care.

"We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will overturn a recent appellate court ruling that contradicted 100 years of Supreme Court decisions regarding property tax exemption," Ken Robbins, president of the Illinois Hospital Association, said in a statement.

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