CENTRALIA - Saturday afternoon, GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner told Murray Developmental Center parents that if elected governor in November, the Downstate facility, which houses long term, severely-disabled patients, would remain open. His opponent, incumbent Governor Pat Quinn, has decided to shut it down, citing needs to cut the state budget.
Rauner's visit, along with state GOP lawmakers Senator Kyle McCarter, State Representatives Charlie Meier and John Cavaletto, established a connection between the families of Murray residents and the GOP candidate.
"Mr. Rauner took the time to visit our loved ones home and he said it was obvious that Murray Center was a home full of love and care," the parents association Facebook says. "Thank you Mr. Rauner for saying you would keep Murray Center open if elected Governor. Most of all thank you for taking the time and CARING enough to visit our loved ones home and listen to the parents and guardians who know what is best for our loved ones."
“Pat Quinn decided to close Murray Center without ever visiting the facility,” Rauner said in a statement released after the visit. “I made the trip to Murray Center today to see for myself what is happening here and to see the impact Quinn’s decision has had on the families of the residents and on the people of this community.”
“It is irresponsible to close Murray Center unless we can make absolutely certain that the most vulnerable residents are being cared for in an environment that is as good as – or better than – Murray Center,” Rauner said. “Right now, Murray Center is the best option for these families.”
Photos from Murray Parents Association Facebook page