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April 19, 2014, 9:44 am
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Critics of JDC Closure Say Other Facilities Not Equipped


It appears to be the end of the line for the Jacksonville Developmental Center. A state panel has overruled the recommendations of its professional staff and has given Governor Pat Quinn the green light to close the facility.

 

Quinn wants to move JDC’s remaining developmentally-disabled residents to smaller, community-based residential programs.

 

Many objectors attended Tuesday’s hearing in Bolingbrook, arguing that residential group homes are not equipped to handle the profound disabilities of many of the JDC residents.

 

Jacksonville officials are also concerned about the economic impact of closing the facility and eliminating its 200 jobs.

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