jacksonville developmental center http://tspr.org en West Central Illinois Lawmaker Resigns http://tspr.org/post/west-central-illinois-lawmaker-resigns <p>A lawmaker from the tri states is stepping down -- just days after he won re-election.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>State Representative Jim Watson (R-Jacksonville) said he will leave the seat to take over as executive director of the Illinois Petroleum Council.&nbsp; The group represents oil refineries, marketers and others in the industry.</p><p>Watson's final day in the General Assembly will be December 3.&nbsp; He's been a lawmaker for more than a decade, so he said the decision to leave was a tough one to make.</p><p></p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 17:35:53 +0000 Rich Egger 24442 at http://tspr.org West Central Illinois Lawmaker Resigns In The Tri States http://tspr.org/post/tri-states-53 <p></p><p>A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from October 2012.&nbsp;</p><p>Monmouth was the only municipality to receive a grant from the inaugural Illinois Broadband Innovation Fund, the public raised more questions about Iowa Fertilizer Company’s proposed plant in Lee County, and a state panel voted to proceed with the closure of the Jacksonville Developmental Center.</p> Sun, 04 Nov 2012 16:09:58 +0000 Rich Egger 23917 at http://tspr.org In The Tri States State Panel Votes to Close Jacksonville Facility http://tspr.org/post/state-panel-votes-close-jacksonville-facility <p></p><p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is free to shut down the Jacksonville Developmental Center. A state board gave its approval on Tuesday, October 30.</p><p>Quinn's Department of Human Services issued a statement saying it's pleased &nbsp;because the decision "…will help to improve the quality of life of people with developmental disabilities."</p><p>The governor wants to move JDC residents into smaller, group homes.&nbsp; Some advocates agree that's best.</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 01:07:13 +0000 Rich Egger 23726 at http://tspr.org State Panel Votes to Close Jacksonville Facility Jacksonville Developmental Center to Close http://tspr.org/post/jacksonville-developmental-center-close <p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn confirmed he plans to close the&nbsp; Jacksonville&nbsp; Developmental Center and Tinley Park Mental Health&nbsp; Center.&nbsp;</p><p>Quinn&#39;s&nbsp; office is calling the closures a &quot;rebalancing.&quot;</p><p>The&nbsp; Governor plans to move institutionalized patients with developmental&nbsp; disabilities and mental illness to community-based settings.</p><p>In&nbsp; a statement, Quinn said it will improve their quality of life.</p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 00:27:28 +0000 Rich Egger 8880 at http://tspr.org Jacksonville Developmental Center to Close