The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability voted today on the closure of the Murray Developmental Center in Centralia. The COGFA vote 7-3  not supporting the closure of Murray.
Rep Nekritz made a strong case for rebalancing the system and supporting people on the waiting list. Senator Schonberger stated that the Administration has come forward with a very detailed plan for rebalancing. Opponents continue to say there is not a comprehensive plan and not everyone can live in the community.
The Arc supports this closure. Here is how members of COGFA voted today. COGFA is advisory to the Governor. A yes vote is for closure.
Senator Schonberger        Yes
Senator Trotter                 Yes   
Senator Syverson              Yes
Senator Schmidt               No
Senator Murphy                No
Senator Frerichs               No
Rep Bellock                       No
Rep Nekritz                       Yes
Rep Poe                           No
Rep Riley                          No
Rep Tryon                         No

Tony Paulauski
Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
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