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Rauner: Developmental center should stay open

Associated Press

CENTRALIA, Ill. - Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner said Saturday he supports keeping open a center for people with developmental disabilities in Centralia that his opponent is trying to close.

The Winnetka businessman, who faces Gov. Pat Quinn in the November election, met with relatives of residents at the Murray Developmental Center and told them they should have a choice in their family members' care.

Quinn, a Chicago Democrat, has supported closing some state-run institutions, including the Murray Developmental Center, and transferring disabled residents into community-based care as part of a strategy to save money and improve the quality of care for residents.

Rauner's campaign issued a statement Saturday claiming Quinn decided to close Murray Center "without ever visiting the facility."

"It is irresponsible to close Murray Center unless we can make absolutely certain that the most vulnerable residents are being cared for in an environment that is as good as - or better than - Murray Center," Rauner said in the statement. "Right now, Murray Center is the best option for these families."

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