BOLINGBROOK, Ill. (AP) — A state panel will decide the fate of an institution for the developmentally disabled.
The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board must decide whether the Illinois Department of Human Services can close the Jacksonville Developmental Center. It will consider the issue on Tuesday.
Gov. Pat Quinn wants to close the institution and move its residents into community care, including group homes and their own apartments.
State officials say that will help satisfy terms of legal settlements in which the state agreed to move the developmentally disabled into more independent settings. They also say closing Jacksonville will save almost $20 million a year.
But some families worry that community care isn't right for their loved ones.
The closure was originally set for Wednesday but has been delayed until Nov. 21.