It’s true that seeing is believing. And, after seeing firsthand the quality care that residents are receiving at Warren G. Murray Developmental Center in Centralia, State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has pledged her support to help keep the facility open. “I see the kind of treatment (the residents) are getting here, which is very specific and nurturing and really customized for these folks that have unique problems,” Topinka said. “There’s no reason to close this.”
Afer touring Murray Center last Wednesday, July 9, Topinka met with members of the Murray Parents Association (MPA) and state Reps. Charlie Meier of Okawville and John Cavaletto of Salem. She told the group of her plans to meet privately with Gov. Pat Quinn to convey more information about Murray Center and to urge him to visit the facility before taking any further action to close it.
A Damiansville man charged with a fatal hit and run of a pedestrian last month can no longer drive a vehicle. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has suspended the driving privileges of 25-year-old Jonathan Nast for an indefinite period of time.
A spokesman for White said that the determination of the suspension was due to Nast posing a danger to road safety.
Clinton County State’s Attorney John Hudspeth requested a suspension of Nast’s driver’s license after he submitted more than 200 pages of documentation supporting the suspension.
Illinois law allows the secretary of state to suspend the driver’s license of a motorist who failed to report an accident involving injuries or death.
Nast is currently out of the Clinton County Jail on $2,500 bond.
He was charged June 13 with failure to report a motor vehicle accident involving a death and obstructing justice for his role in the death of Lana Albert.
Albert, 23, of Edwardsville was reportedly walking on Old Route 50 in Breese in the early morning hours of June 7, near Community Link, when she was apparently struck by an unidentified vehicle. The vehicle then left the scene.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office has filed a motion to review a recent appellate court ruling in the Clinton County case concerning the temporary guardianship of the state wards residing at the Warren G. Murray Developmental Center in Centralia. In mid-April, the state’s Fifth District Appellate Court ruled in favor of Friends of Murray Center, Inc. in their lawsuit against the state by determining that the Circuit Court of Clinton County’s appointment of Carlyle attorney Stewart Freeman as a temporary guardian ad litem to protect the interests of the wards of the state was proper.
In the motion for review which was filed last week, the attorney general’s office argues that the appellate court made a mistake in allowing the Clinton County court to rule over 24 ongoing probate proceedings since the proceedings are pending before judges in 12 other counties across the state.
In the April ruling, the appellate court dismissed the state’s claim that Clinton County has no jurisdiction. Commenting on behalf of the three-person appellate judge panel, Judge Judy Cates said that to expect each of the state wards to go back to their original county and file a petition would simply be wrong.
In its motion for review, the attorney general’s office argues that the appellate court’s decision authorizes multiple courts of the state to accept jurisdiction over the same matter and enter contradictory orders. It claims the potential for disruption and confusion in the conduct of legal proceedings created by the court’s decision is immense.
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