Save Murray Center, Warren G. Murray Developmental Center, Centralia, Illinois

How You Can Help Save Murray Center


On Tuesday, May 1, 2012, CGFA recommended to the Governor that Murray Center should remain open for now. This is just a recommendation. The final decision is in the hands of Governor, Pat Quinn.

It is now important that you contact Governor Quinn with your issues of why Murray Center should remain open.

Mailing address:                 Link to Email Contact Form:
Governor Patrick Quinn
207 State House
Springfield, IL 62706
  Send Electronic Message to Governor Quinn

Thanks to everyone who wrote letters, sent emails, displayed signs and attended the CGFA hearing!

  1. Send a Letter - There is a link to a sample letter to help out with your letter writing.
    Governor Patrick Quinn
    207 State House
    Springfield, IL 62706
  2. Send an Email to Governor Quinn.
  3. Adopt a Resolution - For any organization wishing to adopt a resolution.
  4. Financial Support - The Save Murray Center Coalition which is being chaired by Centralia Mayor Tom Ashby has set up an account at Peoples Bank for anyone wishing to make a TAX DEDUCTIBLE contribution to cover the Coalition's expenses associated with the Save Murray Center effort. Simply make checks payable to Save Murray Center. Bob Kelsheimer, Executive Director for the Greater Centralia Chamber of Commerce is the campaign chairman, you can call Bob at the Chamber at 532-6789 if you have any questions.
    Checks should be made out to "Save Murray Center" and sent to:
    City of Centralia
    222 S Poplar Street
    Centralia, IL 62801
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Why Does Murray Center Need Saved?

Illinois Governor, Patrick Quinn, is calling for the closure of Murray Center. The Warren G. Murray Developmental Center is vital resource for Centralia and Southern Illinois.  Not only does it add to the economic stability of the region by providing employment to over 550 hard working men and women, it also serves as the home to more than 275 severely developmentally disabled individuals, many of whom cannot function on their own or without constant care.  The families of the patients depend on Murray Center to care for their loved ones. 

Although the Governor says that the move is budgetary, State Senator, John O. Jones, a Republican from Mt. Vernon, who represents the Centralia area, said the center actually took in about $10 million dollars more than the $41 million it costs the state to operate every year. He said the excess came from federal Medicare reimbursements and the money went into the state's general fund.

Facts About Warren G. Murray Developmental Center