Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan introduced a bill that would dissolve the current Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, which sources say is the target of a criminal investigation by the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago, and allow the governor to appoint new members. "We think a fresh slate is the best way to proceed," Madigan spokesman Steve Brown said. Edward Hospital, Naperville, Ill., filed a civil whistleblower lawsuit in May after it was denied a certificate of need for a new hospital in Plainfield, Ill. Pamela Meyer Davis, the hospital's president and chief executive officer, and William Kottman, its vice president of physician integration, filed the lawsuit against Bear, Stearns & Co. and its Chicago-area head, Nicholas Hurtgen; Jacob Kiferbaum of Kiferbaum Construction Co.; and former planning board member Stuart Levine. According to sources, the defendants or their representatives allegedly told Davis that the new hospital would not be approved by the CON board unless Bear, Stearns and Kiferbaum were hired for the project. -- by Mark Taylor
Bill would dissolve tarnished Ill. CON board
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