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Battle over proton cancer therapy center goes to court
By Jack Komperda | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 7/29/2008 12:02 AM

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The company partnering with Central DuPage Hospital on plans to build a proton cancer therapy center in Warrenville is taking its fight with Northern Illinois University to court.

Procure Treatment Centers filed legal proceedings in Cook County Circuit Court accusing the DeKalb school of abusing the state's regulatory system in an effort to quash the competing project, according to a filing provided by the company.

NIU received state approval in February to build a similar $160 million proton cancer therapy center at the DuPage National Technology Park in West Chicago.

The Bloomington, Ind.-based company is seeking to find out who helped the DeKalb school in its appearances before the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, the state agency which regulates health-care construction.

The NIU proton cancer center project will be the first of its kind in the state.

"We believe there is a campaign to monopolize proton therapy initiatives in Illinois and restrain others from entering state to the detriment of the public at large," Procure CEO Hadley Ford said in a statement.

NIU called the legal filing "puzzling" in its own statement.

"In fact, the company has not exhausted its administrative appeals process," the NIU statement continued.

The state agency rejected the Procure plans in April, saying the center would be located too close to the planned NIU proton center.

Procure and Central DuPage have appealed that decision and are scheduled to appear before the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board during the agency's Aug. 12 and 13 meetings in Chicago.