Judge hears arguments over center for disabled

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago has begun hearing arguments in a lawsuit aimed at preventing the state from closing a southern Illinois home for the developmentally disabled.

Plaintiffs say the roughly 225 people who live at the Murray Developmental Center in Centralia have disabilities so severe that they need to be institutionalized.

The state wants to close the home to save money and move the residents to care in the communities they come from. According to the Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/JHDeJj ), Assistant Attorney General Thomas Ioppolo argued Tuesday that most states no longer institutionalize people with developmental disabilities.

The plaintiffs are asking U.S. District Judge Marvin Aspen for an order blocking the state plan. A decision could be days or even weeks away.

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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com

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