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Task force continues process to open Lincoln Developmental Center     Send a link to a friend

[JUNE 11, 2004]  Members of a task force on Lincoln Developmental Center met Thursday morning in Springfield to continue discussing plans to open portions of the campus and buildings and to build four 10-bed cottages for the return of some disabled people who would like to come back.

The task force also continues to look into other possible uses for the lovely tree-filled, 103-acre campus, which hosts many fine buildings. The property is owned by the state of Illinois.

In addition to reviewing the master plan, Department of Human Services representative Tom Green said that members of the task force were also briefed on the status of the "certificate of need" process. The Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, which grants approval to open a health care facility, will review the new proposal on June 15.

During the morning meeting the group also heard from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity on an impact study showing that the LDC development would have a positive impact on the economy.

Watch LDN for further details next week. There will be interviews with task force members and parents, state financing updates, and information on the market study that was performed.

The next task force meeting is July 12.

[Jan Youngquist]

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