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Judge bars movement of Murray residents

July 30, 2013

CENTRALIA, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois judge has issued a temporary restraining order barring the Department of Human Services from removing 23 wards of the state from Murray Developmental Center in Centralia.

WJBD-AM reports (http://bit.ly/12Z7SRL ) Clinton County Circuit Judge Dennis Middendorff on Monday granted the order sought by the Friends of Murray Center and others.

Illinois Department of Human Services spokeswoman Januari Smith says the state had no knowledge the hearing would take place and the agency and officials named as defendants were not present or represented.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has said closing Murray Developmental Center in Centralia and other institutions is the right thing to do and will save the state money. Parents of some Murray residents have expressed concern residents won’t get the care they need in a new setting.

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