Murray Parents Association, Rep. Charlie Meier pledge that the fight for the rights of Murray residents has not ended
the transfer of the facility’s developmentally disabled residents to community integrated living arrangements (CILAs) or to other housing arrangements.
In a 55-page ruling issued Monday in Chicago, U.S. District Court Judge Marvin Aspen denied a request for a preliminary injunction that would have halted the state’s plan to close Warren G. Murray Developmental Center in Centralia. As part of his decision, Aspen also lifted a temporary restraining order which he issued in June 2013 that prevented It was February 2012 that Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced that both Jacksonville Developmental Center and Murray Center were slated for closure as part of the state’s Rebalancing Initiative, which aims to restructure the system so that it is less reliant on state-operated developmental centers (SODCs) and intermediate care facilities and more reliant on integrated, community settings. The initial goal of the initiative was to reduce the state’s SODC population by 600 residents by the end of the 2014 fiscal year.
Jacksonville closed on Dec. 3, 2012. In February 2013, the federal lawsuit seeking the preliminary injunction was filed by the Illinois League of Advocates for the Developmentally Disabled, Murray Parents Association and 11 legal guardians of developmentally disabled adults against the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), its director Kevin Casey and Community Resource Alliance, the firm hired by IDHS to handle the transfer of residents out of the state-operated facilities.
Substantial maintenance projects at the Clinton County Courthouse and the county jail will get under way by early September following the approval of two low bids by the Clinton County Board Monday night. During a brief meeting, the board approved a low bid of $167,820 from James G. Staat Tuckpointing and Waterproofing of St. Louis for tuckpointing, cleaning, waterproofing and sealing at the courthouse.
Facilities Committee chairman Bob Fix reported that five contractors attended the mandatory prebid meeting on June 12 to review the repairs needed at the 16-year-old courthouse to mitigate water leakage. In addition to caulking issues, Fix said the decorative sandstone ridge on the facility’s exterior also absorbs moisture and will be cleaned and resealed.
Just two contractors, Staat and Western Waterproofing, also of St. Louis, submitted bids with the Staat bid over $90,000 less than the Western bid.
The board accepted a low bid of $79,875 from Breese Climate Control for replacement of a boiler system at the county jail.
Fix said four companies attended a prebid meeting for the project with just three submitting bids. Other bids came from Mideastern Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning of Carlyle for $82,000 and Mascoutah Heating and Cooling of New Baden for $93,150.
Two women received serious injuries Tuesday morning when they were hit by a motorist while crossing a crosswalk at Jefferson Street and state Route 127 in Carlyle.
According to a police report from the Carlyle Police Department, Selma N. Wuebbels, 88, and Theresa E. Wuebbels, 63, both of Carlyle, were crossing state Route 127 in the crosswalk on July 22 at 8:14 a.m.
The driver of a 2000 Ford Ranger, 78-year-old Gerald M. Gustafson of Carlyle, stated that there was traffic coming and he thought that he could make it through the intersection.
However, as Gustafson turned left, he struck both pedestrians in the crosswalk.
Selma Wuebbels was thrown several feet north of the crosswalk and there were tire tread marks around her ankles. Theresa Wuebbels was also thrown several feet north of the crosswalk and had severe trauma to her right arm.
Witnesses stated that both pedestrians were in the crosswalk approaching the eastern center line when the vehicle struck them.
Gustafson had stated he did not see the pedestrians in the crosswalk. Gustafson was not injured, however, he was issued a citation for failure to yield to a pedestrian.
Both Theresa Wuebbels and Selma Wuebbels were taken by MedStar to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese. No other information was available regarding their condition.
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