Murray Center Closure Delayed

The closure of center for the developmentally disabled in the area has been indefinitely postponed.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Human Services the closure of the Murray Developmental Center in Centralia is being rescheduled because of a pending court case.
The decision comes eight months after a lawsuit was filed in federal court by the Murray Parents Association and others to block the closure.
The closure is part of a plan to save the state money and provide community-based care for disabled people.
The group says the 250 Murray residents have severe disabilities that only an institution can handle. They dispute the state's claim that community care would save Illinois nearly $120,000 per year, per resident.
Court hearings begin Jan. 6 in Chicago.
(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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