Letters to the Editor

July 10, 2014

Illinois' credibility slips away

Regarding the questionable survey conducted by an office at the University of Illinois: The author had more than "an interest" in facility closure. She has been closely affiliated with ARC of Illinois and is now employed at the national level by ARC. Her bias is more than "interest."

As a college professor, I would never allow a graduate or doctoral student with such a bias to serve as the primary investigator on such a survey. As Mark Twain once noted: "There are lies, damn lies and statistics." Such wisdom applies to this survey.

In addition, the study fails to note who comprised the very small sample of guardians: where these only public guardians, paid by the state to represent the residents-interests of the state?

As a parent of a severely disabled Murray resident, I am outraged that the state and its minions would insult the intelligence of the public with such a poorly implemented survey. Throughout the last 2.5 years, representatives of the Department of Human Services and the governor's staff have insisted that there is no grand plan to close all state-operated developmental centers like Murray and Jacksonville. However, the no-bid contract with this U of I program, obtained under FOIA request, indicates that the state planned to close four centers by the end of 2014.

Did representatives of the state testify that no such plan existed in the hearings in federal court last January? Why should Murray guardians believe anything that the DHS representatives say?

Karen Kelly


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