UPDATE NOV. 28:
It’ll be at least another month before we know the fate of the Stateline’s only abortion clinic.
Attorneys for the Northern Illinois Women's Center and the Illinois Department of Health are still trying to reach a settlement. The state suspended the facility's license in September, calling its conditions a direct threat to the public. They'll be back in court on Jan. 4.
ROCKFORD (AP) -- An abortion clinic in northern Illinois that health officials shut down in late September will remain closed for at least two more weeks as attorneys negotiate a possible settlement.
The Rockford Register Star reports (http://bit.ly/u8HAU7 ) that attorneys for the Northern Illinois Women's Center in Rockford and the Illinois Department of Public Health told an administrative law judge Monday that they need more time to reach an agreement.
The state health department issued an emergency license suspension in September, fining the clinic $15,000. The department's suspension notice said center doctors didn't have surgery privileges at an Illinois licensed hospital and the center lacked an experienced operating room nurse.
The clinic believes the suspension was unwarranted. A teleconference in the case has been set for Nov. 28.