“I, along with residents’ family members and others, am very, very disappointed with today’s denial of a preliminary injunction to halt the closure of the Murray Developmental Center,” said Rep. Meier.

“Murray Center residents call the facility home, and most are there because they need the level of full-time care Murray Center provides so well. There’s no question that forcing them into a lesser facility, with less monitoring, will place their safety at risk. I will be meeting with parents and others in the coming days to discuss our next step. Make no mistake; we will continue to fight for these residents,” added Meier.

“In addition, while the Governor continues to claim that he is creating jobs, he has just fired 541 state employees. This comes in an area of the state, Marion County, that is in the top 5 in unemployment in the State of Illinois.”

“These families now need all of our prayers that their children won’t meet the same tragic fate as so many others who were in the failed care of Illinois when facilities were closed. Moving forward, I can only guarantee that I will be closely watching over the shoulder of the Illinois Department of Human Services during this transition and in the future to fight for the rights of these residents wherever the state chooses to place them,” Rep. Meier concluded.
A new law spearheaded by State Representative Charlie Meier will help Illinois motorists who require special window tinting for medical reasons cut through the bureaucracy to receive the required special license plates. House Bill 5468 was recently signed into law by the Governor. It will allow motorist needing the special tinting license plates to submit the medical order required once every four years instead of having to obtain the doctor’s order each and every year.

“Motorists living with Lupus and certain other medical conditions need special protection from the sun, even in their cars, so they need permission for darker window tinting than is generally allowed,” Representative Meier explained. “These are not conditions that change from year to year or may be temporary, so it makes no sense to force these motorists to go to their doctors for an order every single year in order to keep their special license plates.”

Rep. Meier said the idea for the new law was brought to him by a constituent who requires the special plates. The new four-year renewal cycle was agreed-to by the Secretary of State’s office and becomes effective immediately.

“Allowing these motorists to submit the doctor’s order every four years instead of each and every year will simplify the process for them and cut a little needless bureaucracy out of their lives, and that’s always a good thing,” Representative Meier said.