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Foes of closing Jacksonville center converge on state capitol

Wed, 27 Jun 2012 06:21:11 CDT
By: AP

Families who oppose Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's plan to close the Jacksonville Developmental Center are gathering at the state Capitol to ask the Democrat to change his mind. Representative Jim Watson is leading the group. The Jacksonville Republican says supporters will ask Quinn and his Department of Human Services to keep the facility for developmentally disabled residents open, instead of moving them to community-based settings. The state's new budget year begins Sunday. The group also wants a report of allegations by a state workers' union that a state contractor moved some residents of the Jacksonville center out with just 48 hours notice and no review of those residents readiness for community living. They also want monthly data released tracking residents who are moved.

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