No timetable set for Murray Developmental Center closure

SPRINGFIELD - A southern Illinois center for people with developmental disabilities is closing, and state officials say the closure will be a "long process."

Januari Smith, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Human Services, say that there is no timetables to close Centralia's Warren Murray Developmental Center, and that the department is talking with parents "about al the living options that are available."

Parents of children that the center serves wanted to prevent the closure, but last week a federal judge ruled that the state has the authority to close the center, saying that the parents didn't prove the closure would cause those affected irreparable harm.

The state wants to close the facility to save money and have community-based care.

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