(Springfield, IL) — A central Illinois judge will hear arguments just before the new year as to whether Illinois taxpayers should be forced to pay for abortions. A Sangamon County judge yesterday set a December 28th hearing date for arguments against House Bill 40, which would put taxpayers on the hook for ending pregnancies. Pro-life groups are trying two defenses. One, that Illinois lawmakers didn’t set aside any money to pay for abortions. And two, that not enough lawmakers voted for the proposal for it to take effect January 1st.