The Northern Illinois Women’s Center, an abortion clinic at 1400 Broadway, will remain closed for at least another month as attorneys for the state and the clinic continue to negotiate a settlement.
Attorneys were expected to present an agreed settlement to Administrative Law Judge Cynthia Ramirez earlier today during a telephone hearing.
Instead, Eva Byerley, a lawyer for the Department of Public Health, informed Ramirez this morning that she and the clinic’s attorney, Harold Hirshman of SNR Denton’s Chicago office, “have continued to make progress, but two or three issues remain” unresolved.
This means the clinic, which the state shut down Sept. 30, will remain closed, and the soonest parties will be able to know if the closure is extended again or if the clinic is allowed to reopen will be Jan. 4.
During the status call this morning, Ramirez ordered Byerley and Hirshman to be ready for a hearing at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 4. The hearing will be done in-person in room N-502 of the Michael A. Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle St., Chicago.
The case between the state and the clinic stems from a series of state law and administrative code violations that the clinic was cited for earlier this year.
The Illinois Department of Public Health cited the clinic, which opened in 1974, for several health and safety violations in June and September and ordered an emergency suspension of the clinic’s license Sept. 30.
The clinic believes the suspension was unwarranted, lacked factual basis and violated the constitutional rights of the clinic and its patients.