CHICAGO - Joliet, Ill.-based Silver Cross Hospital and Medical Centerwon state regulatory approval this week to build a nearly $400 million replacement hospital a few miles from its current location while consideration of Edward Hospital's proposed new facility was again postponed by the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board.

Silver Cross' proposal was opposed by Joliet officials concerned that the hospital would abandon low-income residents in the city about 45 miles southwest of Chicago by moving to a location just a few miles away in a rapidly developing but more affluent area. Officials from Will County, which includes both Joliet and the new site in New Lenox, endorsed it saying it would provide better services to the overall region.

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