There’s probably nothing they can do about it, but lawmakers from Southern Illinois are upset that the state is moving residents out of the Murray Developmental Center in Centralia. State Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) says the governor ordered the closure of the centers at Tinley Park, Jacksonville, and now Centralia in spite of the legislature’s budgets. “What he’s doing to these families is not kind at all,” Bost said. “It’s very cold, and it’s very calculated.”
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On the House floor Friday, State Rep. Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) announced the first resident moving out: “The governor says community homes are better for our patients, but he’s ignoring the fact that most of the patients at Murray Center were told they were too developmentally disabled to live in the community home,” he said.
The administration favors a community setting for the disabled and considers the large-scale institutions to be outdated and inefficient.
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