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A Colona, Il. man's petition to save Hope Creek Care in East Moline, Il. is gaining steam. Donald Lind told KWQC-TV6 Sunday his petition has more than 400 signatures and has even caught the attention of Gov. Pat Quinn.

The petition is to start a special ticket with the Illinois Lottery to raise revenue for the state's public nursing homes. With other special tickets already in place for to raise money for veterans or to fight cancer, AIDS and MS – Lind said he doesn't see why there can't be one for the state's public nursing homes.

Lind said he's spent countless hours on the cause. It's one that's close to his heart as he comes to Hope Creek every day to visit friends.

Lind said his goal is to keep the facility in county control. After being a volunteer in a hospice program, he said he saw the quality of several area nursing homes and none of them could stand up to the care at Hope Creek. 

County board members and a Hope Creek representative said the idea is viable, but property taxes would likely still need to be raised to keep the facility under county control.

Other options board members are considering include selling or leasing the care center.

Currently, the facility is losing more than $9,000 a day, and county officials say  it could be completely out of money by March 2014.