Bentivenga was nine months pregnant in 2003 when she went to the hospital for high blood pressure. Labor was induced, but she became unresponsive before delivery.
Bentivenga gave birth to a son, Richard, but died four days later. He is now 4-years old.
Bentivenga's husband, Mark, said if his wife had received the right treatment, she would be alive.
"I was privileged to know her. Like I said, she died with a smile on her face. And she was my best friend. And my son and I miss her very much" said Mark Bentivenga, husband.
Bentivenga's attorneys say this is the largest verdict for the wrongful death of a mother during delivery in Illinois history.