People with developmental disabilities in southern Illinois could soon be forced out of their homes. A federal judge has ruled the state can shut down the Murray Developmental Center in Centralia. Governor Pat Quinn has been trying to get the facility closed for several years, claiming it’ll save millions if the residents were moved into group homes.
But the parents and guardians of the residents have put up a strong fight. They say their loved ones would die outside of the institution setting because their disabilities are extremely severe.