Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner is differing with his opponent on whether a state facility should stay open. Rauner says he supports keeping open a center for people with developmental disabilities in Centralia that his opponent is trying to close. The Winnetka businessman faces Gov. Pat Quinn in the November election. He met with relatives of residents at the Murray Developmental Center on Saturday and told them they should have a choice in their family members' care.
Residents fighting to stay in Centralia's Murray Developmental Center can remain where they are ... for now. An appellate court decision blocks the state from moving people out without the permission of a court-appointed guardian.
The ruling gives Murray Center families reason to hope for a favorable outcome in another case — one trying to block Gov. Pat Quinn's efforts to close the institution.
Gov. Quinn has pushed to shutter large state-run institutions, like Murray, and transition residents into community-based care.
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.