VANDALIA, Ill. (AP) – A central Illinois department of human services is set to close Tuesday, despite objections from officials in Fayette County.

The (Decatur) Herald & Review reported Sunday that the county’s Department of Human Services office in Vandalia will be consolidated about 30 miles away to an office in Centralia.

State officials say it’s a way to increase efficiency, cut costs and that the move won’t reduce services. They also say there are few reasons to physically come to an office.

However, Vandalia Mayor Ricky Gottman says he is concerned about those who rely on public transportation and employees having to commute from locations throughout the county.

State officials say the closure is part of Gov. Pat Quinn’s efforts to cut costs.

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