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Thu December 12, 2013
State Wards Won't Be Moved From So. Ill. Developmental Center
A judge's ruling means 23 wards of the state will not be moved for now from a facility for the developmentally disabled in southern Illinois.
A federal lawsuit is seeking to block the state's closure of the Murray Developmental Center in Centralia.
Gov. Pat Quinn ordered Murray and other facilities closed last year as part of an effort to save the state money. The suit has delayed the transfer of more
than 200 residents of Murray to smaller facilities. Plaintiffs argue they won't get the care they need elsewhere.
But 23 of the residents are wards of the state with no parents to advocate for
them. The (Belleville) News Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1jSbNKw ) that a judge on
Wednesday postponed a ruling on whether they can be included in the lawsuit.