Initially scheduled for Oct. 4, the hearing had been postponed until November, but has now been postponed even further, with the temporary restraining order remaining in effect.
This delay is good news for save Murray Center supporters and bad news for the state of Illinois that had planned on a November 30 closure date of the facility. With the TRO still in effect, no residents may be moved from the center, without their guardian’s approval.
But that doesn’t mean the fight to save the Centralia facility is over. Tomorrow a hearing of the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. in the Centralia City Hall. We will be broadcasting that hearing live on WILY 1210 A.M. AND 98.7 F.M.
Both supporters of keeping the center open and those in favor of closure will be speaking at the hearing. The board will have the final recommendation on the closure decision that ultimately sits with Gov. Pat Quinn.
However, the federal court judge could extend the temporary injunction that is currently in place, based upon what he believes is in the best interest of the center’s residents.
The board will not accept emailed or faxed letters. Letters should be sent through the U.S. Postal Service to:Mike Constantino, Supervisor Project Review Section Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board 525 West Jefferson Street, 2nd floor Springfield, IL 62761.
Make sure you note that you are opposed to project 13-058 and are opposed to the closing of the Murray Center. The deadline for letters to be submitted is Oct. 15.