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Murray Parents Association And Others File Federal Lawsuit To Block Closure Of Murray Developmental Center

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

A federal lawsuit has been filed against the Illinois Department of Human Services to oppose and prevent the closure of the Warren G. Murray Developmental Center and the six other state operated developmental centers. The Murray Parents' Association, along with the Illinois League of Advocates for the Developmentally Disabled, as well as several guardians of residents at Murray and the six other state facilities are plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

The President of the Murray Parents Association and one of the plaintiffs, Rita Winkeler, says the hope and goal of the lawsuit is to ensure the continued services to the developmentally disabled in appropriate settings, including without limitation, institutional care as may be required for the individual recipient of such services and to ensure their rights to continue to receive the services in an appropriate and safe location. She reports the immediate goal is to stop all closure activities at the Murray Center.

The suit has been filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago by the Chicago law firm Shefsky and Froelich.

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