Illinois Companies Expect Hobby Lobby Ruling Will Apply

(Chicago, IL) -- At least five Illinois companies are expected to seek an exemption from paying for contraception services under the ruling issued on Monday in the Hobby Lobby case. The court ruled that closely-held private companies need not pay for those services under the health care reform law if they have a religious objection. In Illinois, two construction-related companies, a cable company, a health company and a Chicago law firm have so far indicated they expect the ruling will apply to them. The court's ruling also said the federal government could pay for those services if employees in these companies want them.