JACKSONVILLE, Ill. (AP)
- State officials have delayed the closure of an institution for people with
developmental disabilities in central Illinois, saying it's taking longer than
expected to place residents in suitable new homes.
The Jacksonville Developmental
Center will remain open
until Nov. 21. The Department of Human Services confirmed the original closure
date of Oct. 31 has been pushed back.
Januari Smith Trader says many of the remaining 118 residents have been matched
with providers of community-based housing. But she says some providers need to
build ramps and make other upgrades to accommodate new residents.
The Jacksonville facility is 1 of several
targeted for closure by Gov. Pat Quinn. The Democrat says the closures will
save money and allow residents with disabilities to live more independently.