The Illinois Department of Revenue will hold off on any further actions that strip nonprofit hospitals of their property tax exemption for failing to provide sufficient charity care, while state officials and hospitals engage in talks that could lead to legislation setting minimum charity thresholds.

Gov. Pat Quinn last week asked the department to halt further enforcement actions as the Illinois Hospital Association showed a new inclination to engage in talks with state officials, including Attorney General Lisa Madigan, over charity care levels. Madigan had previously proposed legislation that would have set minimum levels for hospitals to retain their tax-exempt perks at the state level.

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