CHICAGO (AP) — Testimony is set to continue in Chicago in a federal lawsuit aimed at preventing the closure of a southern Illinois center for the developmentally disabled.

Advocates are trying to block the closure of Centralia's Murray Developmental Center.

The state wants to close the facility to save money and have more community-based care for people with disabilities.

But supporters say Murray's 250 residents have severe disabilities that only an institution can handle. They dispute the state's claim that community care would save Illinois nearly $120,000 per year, per resident.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports ( ) Wednesday's testimony included comments from Greg Shaver, the director of the Kaskaskia Workshop where about 100 Murray residents go for day programs. The head of a state office overseeing care for people with developmental disabilities also testified.


Information from: Belleville News-Democrat,