Governor Pat Quinn with logos for Futures Unlimited and MOSAIC. The Governor made no specific comments concerning these Pontiac organizations, but he did endorse ideas they've expressed.
By Todd Wineburner
Governor Pat Quinn this week echoed ideas that area agencies have been advocating for years. A rally was held Wednesday in Springfield, and many in attendance were former residents of state supported institutions for the developmentally disabled. Governor Pat Quinn told the group that a new era of care was starting in Illinois, with emphasis taken away from institutional environments and focused instead on residential, community-based care.
Quinn’s ideas are virtually identical to those of area agencies that are already working with developmentally disabled adults. Futures Unlimited and MOSAIC are both known for residential assistance programs. Their representatives have told WJEZ that individuals in residential settings participate more completely in their communities and often have a higher level of self-sufficiency than those treated in institutional settings.
During the rally on Wednesday, Governor Pat Quinn acknowledged those who wanted state-supported institutions to remain open, but he said the state is simply moving in another direction. Howe Developmental Center in Tinley Park and the institution in Jacksonville are both now closed. Residents are currently being moved out of Murray Developmental Center in Centralia.