State shows its pettiness in Murray Center case

October 6, 2013 

It's amazing how low the state of Illinois will stoop. Stewart Freeman, the court-appointed guardian of 24 former Murray Center residents, files a scathing report about their new living arrangements, and four days later the state files an appeal to replace him.

The timing is just a coincidence, we're told by the state. Yeah, right.

Instead of trying to silence the messenger, the state ought to be working with him to ensure that the concerns he raised are addressed. The fact that the state has instead chosen to go this route suggests, once again, that getting Murray Center closed permanently is a bigger priority than the health and well-being of the people who lived there.

The 5th District Appellate Court needs to keep Freeman in his job as guardian. Sad to say, but the state cannot be trusted to do the right thing for these residents.

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