The Clinton County State’s Attorney’s office is now tasked with investigating the death of a Murray Center resident which occurred in March of this year. On Thursday, November 12, the Marion County Coroner’s office determined the death at Murray Center was a homicide, reverting the homicide back to Clinton County for investigation.

According to State Rep. Charlie Meier, “The Murray Parents Association and myself addressed our concerns with the Department of Human Services on numerous occasions about the safety and well-being of the residents at Murray Center. The Quinn administration hired unqualified employees and didn’t provide adequate training, they just didn’t care because they planned on closing Murray Center. We are saddened and outraged to learn the death was a homicide. We look forward to justice being served.”

The homicide without a doubt is tragic news for those who have loved ones and friends living at Murray Center. However, the positive news is the fact that the death was initially investigated by the Rauner administration. Unlike, in September 2013 a former resident of Murray Center named Barbie died after being moved. The former resident was cremated within hours by the Quinn administration, hindering the ability to investigate further.

Rep. Meier added, “we applaud the Rauner administration for investigating this tragic death which otherwise would have been overlooked by the previous administration. I anticipate the investigation will ensure safeguards are put in place to prevent a tragedy like this from happening again.”

Illinois State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) recently co-sponsored House Resolution 839 to recognize and promote the significant impact Illinois’ pork industry has on the State’s economy.

According to the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA), Illinois ranks 4th in the nation in swine production and the pork industry contributes more than $1.8 billion and more than 10,500 jobs to the State's economy.

“I am proud of Illinois’ pork industry, one of the largest pork producers in the nation is headquarted in Clinton County,” said Rep. Meier. “Illinois pork helps feed the world while providing thousands of good paying jobs to the people of Illinois. It’s hard work, my family farm used to raise hogs for decades up until 1979, so I will always advocate for pork and encourage people to continue eating pork.”

As stated in House Resolution 839, “pork is versatile, affordable, and accessible for many Americans. It has several beneficial qualities making it easy to incorporate into any healthy diet. Pork is not only a good source of protein, but also provides several important vitamins and minerals. For instance, a 3-ounce serving of pork is an excellent source of thiamin, selenium, protein, niacin, vitamin B6, and phosphorus and a good source of riboflavin, zinc, and potassium.”

And for bacon lovers, did you know bacon is consumed at breakfast an average of 12 times per person per year? Each year in the United States, more than 1.7 billion lbs. of bacon are consumed in food service.

House Resolution 839 awaits approval in the Illinois House of Representatives.