JDC Forecast Looking Gloomy

Published 06/04 2012 06:16PM

Updated 06/04 2012 07:02PM

Lawmakers came up with more money to keep the Jacksonville Developmental Center open, but that might not be enough to sway Governor Quinn.

He told the media last week that he still plans to shut down the state facility. He wants its residents to move to community based settings. Some have already started the transitioning process. Advocates say they'll still get the same level of care.

Dan Millingan doesn't think that'll happen. His 39-year-old son lives at the JDC. He says tearing him from his home will be devastating. Opponents say the closure won't just hurt the residents, but also the community. Reports show Jacksonville's economy could lose millions if the facility shuts down.

Lawmakers don't have much pull in a situation like this, Governor Quinn will have the final say. No word on when he'll make his final decision on the JDC's fate.

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