Support the closure of the Murray Developmental Center

The note below is from Cheryl Jansen, Legislative Director of Equip for Equality. The note calls on community members, advocates and allies to support the closure of the Murray Developmental Center, an large institution that warehouses people with developmental disabilities. People are asked to contact members of the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability and tell them to recommend closure of Murray. The commission is scheduled to meet this Friday.

Note from Cheryl Jansen:

On Friday April 20, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) will hold a public hearing on the recommended closure of Warren G. Murray Developmental Center. The hearing will be held in the Centralia High School Gymnasium, 2100 East Calumet Street, Centralia, IL 62801.

It is very important that COGFA hear from as many individuals and organizations as possible that we support the closure of Murray DC as part of the State's plan to rebalance the system towards increased community-based services for people with disabilities. The opponents to the closure are well-organized and working hard to ensure their voices are heard (Well over 100 opponents have already posted comments on COGFA's website). We must work even harder to make sure our support for the closure of Murray DC is communicated to COGFA loudly and clearly.

How can we let the members of COGFA know that closing Murray DC is the right thing to do?

1. By e-mail to:
facilityclosure@ilga.gov

2. Submit written comments or testimony

By mail to:
Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability
ATTN: Facility Closure
703 Stratton Building
Springfield, IL 62706

3. Attend the hearing on April 20, 2012

4. Testify at the hearing on April 20, 2012 (either orally or in writing) To testify at the hearing, you should register in advance by mailing or e-mailing COGFA or by calling Donna Belknap at 217-782-5322.

There is strength in numbers! Show your support for the closure of Murray DC by submitting written comments or testimony, attending the hearing and/or testifying at the hearing. Please forward this alert to other interested parties and groups and urge them to take action as well. Thank you.

Cheryl R. Jansen
Legislative Director
Equip for Equality

2 Comments

  1. Quinton Marcum Do not close their home. It is all they have. Murray is a source of jobs for almost 500 people. They provide a much needed service.
  2. Violette Severin So Quinton thinks jobs are more important than freeing people who are wrongfully institutionalized?? This is horrible. Civil rights are much more important and I am offended that people believe we should all be locked up in an institution.
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