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Thomson Correctional Center


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by Ashlee Rezin
Mon Feb 4, 2013

Odds Of Thomson Prison Opening Look Good

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) says there is continued commitment to open Thomson Correctional Center in Northwest Illinois, a prison that has sat mostly vacant since it was built in 2001.

Durbin sat down with Charles Samuels, director of the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Prisons, last week and was assured the process of opening Thomson was moving forward. U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-17) joined the meeting by phone.

A timeline for the opening of Thomson has not been released yet, though. Funding for the necessary updates for the prison to meet federal standards is contingent on the president’s FY 2014 budget, which has not yet been submitted.

“When President Obama releases his budget in the next few weeks, it should include funding for prison activation,” said Durbin in a press release. “Over the next few months, I will be working with Congresswoman Bustos to ensure that opening Thomson prison – and bringing jobs and economic activity to Northwest Illinois communities – remains a priority.”

PI Original
by Matthew Blake
Thu Oct 11, 2012

Quinn's Prison Closing Plan In Limbo

Gov. Pat Quinn’s plan to close seven state corrections and juvenile justice facilities, including Tamms super max prison, is in serious jeopardy after Circuit Court Judge Charles Cavaness sided with AFSCME yesterday and issued an injunction to stop the shut downs.

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
Thu Oct 4, 2012

How The Thomson Prison Sale Went Down

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat and assistant Senate majority leader, announced Tuesday that the Obama administration will purchase the unused Thomson prison from the state of Illinois for $165 million.

Durbin hailed the acquisition as an instance of collaboration between Gov. Pat Quinn and the U.S. Justice Department Federal Bureau of Prisons. “This historic action will lead to the creation of hundreds of construction jobs and over 1,000 permanent jobs at this facility,” Durbin said in a statement.

Cheri Bustos, the Democratic nominee in the 17th congressional district that includes the village of Thomson, said the sale was “great news because there should be no higher priority than putting people in our district back to work,” in an e-mailed statement.

While the agreement might indeed prove a boon to an economically troubled region, it emerged out of exasperation with U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Virginia), chairman of the House appropriations subcommittee that controls the Justice Department budget.