Filed by State Rep. Charlie Meier, an Okawville republican, the measure calls upon Gov. Pat Quinn to stop the closure of the Murray Center and any other state operated developmental center until a study is completed on the results of the Jacksonville Developmental Center closure.The resolution was adopted with 105 votes in favor and only 12 against.
Yesterday a federal judge presiding over a lawsuit against the state and filed by parents and guardians of Murray residents, agreed to enter a temporary restraining order to halt the movement of residents out the Center.
U.S. District Judge Marvin Aspen’s Thursday ruling will continue a move announced last week to stop transfers from Murray Center until a hearing is held on an injunction.
Quinn ordered the facility closed last year to save money. Parents and guardians of Murray residents sued to stop or delay the closure, saying residents wouldn’t get the care they needed elsewhere.
The parents’ lawyer Judith Sherwin says the move will allow the “status quo to be maintained at Murray.”