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Quinn promotes community care for people with disabilities


Illinois Governor Pat Quinn talks to people with disabilities who are preparing to live independently.

 The "Going Home" rally represents supporters of Quinn's Rebalancing Initiative.  In 2011, he launched the program to increase community care options in the state and start getting rid of state-operated developmental centers.  The community settings include 24-hour care and cost less than institution based care.

 Governor Quinn told disability advocacy groups, "Parents and family members who are very, very committed to their children, we want to work with them in a very careful manner so we carry out this initiative in a way that's person centered. It's focused on the individual and what they need."

 So far two institutions have been closed.  The Warren Murray Developmental Center closes later this year.

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