Ill. Appeals Court Slams Agency's Logic In School Tax Row

Law360, New York (March 12, 2014, 5:22 PM EDT) -- An Illinois appeals court on Tuesday chastised the state’s Department of Employment Security for irrational legal reasoning used to collect back unemployment contributions from a religious school, but ultimately upheld the department’s decision on technical grounds.

In a split opinion, Justice Daniel L. Schmidt said the DES was wrong to conclude Unity Christian School’s curriculum needed to be primarily religious for it to qualify for tax exemption, but because the school failed to present evidence of fiscal support by a church, he nevertheless upheld the decision to...
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