State to blame for nursing home closure

      A west-central Illinois nursing home will close next week because of late payments from the state.

      The state is six months behind in its payments to Astoria Gardens and Rehab Center.

      Arrangements are being made to move the home's 35 residents to other facilities in the area.The facility, which has been in business for about a decade, employs about 40 people. The property on about 6.5 acres of land will be sold.Melaney Arnold, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Public Health, confirmed that the nursing home in Astoria was closing voluntarily. She said it's the home's responsibility to relocate its residents.Illinois has a multibillion-dollar budget deficit, and the state has dealt with the fiscal crisis, in part, by delaying payments to agencies and providers.

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