Inside Tour of the JDC

Published 02/27 2012 07:03PM

Updated 02/27 2012 07:22PM

Today the media was invited to tour the Jackonsville Developmental Center. Advocates wanted to show how valuable the state facility is to its residents.

Governor Quinn plans to shut down the center by the end of the year. He says the state is paying out too much to keep it running. All 185 of its residents will be moved to community based settings. They're basically group homes for people with disabilities.

Family members we spoke to aren't too happy about the idea. They worry their loved ones won't get the care they need. Opponents disagree and say centers like the JDC are outdated and believe group homes are a better fit for the residents.

Another COGFA hearing will be held on the matter next week. Governor Quinn will have the final say on the closure.

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