CHICAGO — A trio of nonprofit hospitals in the Chicago area, including the prominent Northwestern Memorial’s Prentice Women’s Hospital, are expected to appeal the Illinois Department of Revenue’s decision earlier this week to deny them their property-tax exemptions for failing to provide sufficient charity care.

It’s the state’s first set of rulings on hospitals’ tax-exempt status for property tax purposes since the Illinois Supreme Court last year ruled that a hospital operated by Provena Health does not provide enough charity care to warrant the exemption.

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