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Feds To Purchase Thomson Prison For $165 Million

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 10.02.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- The federal government has agreed to buy the closed Thomson Correctional Center in western Illinois for $165 million after the sale was hel...

Department Of Justice Will Purchase Thomson Prison, Even Without Guantanamo Detainees

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday that it is purchasing the Thomson Correctional Center from the state of Illinois, though it is unlikel...

Smog Alert: Hot Air in Congress Could Block Gitmo's Closing

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

It's high time for lawmakers to stop posturing around imaginary threats that prevents the federal government from bringing actual terrorists to justice and releasing those who don't deserve to be in prison.

Thomson Prison Could Still Be Sold, Whether It Houses Guantanamo Detainees Or Not

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON -- Despite resistance in Congress to the Obama administration strategy for closing the Guantanamo Bay prison, White House officials said Fr...

Guantanamo Detainees' Move To Thomson Prison Rejected By House Armed Services Committee

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The House Armed Services Committee has dealt a blow to President Obama's hopes to shutter the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by unanimously ...

Thompson Prison: U.S. To Buy Facility Even If Guantanamo Terrorists Not Held There

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Obama administration plans to buy a state prison in rural Thomson, Ill. regardless of whether Congress allows terrorist suspec...

Thomson Prison: Jail Can Open By 2011 If Obama's Budget Approved

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

If Congress signs off on the money to purchase the Thomson prison in Illinois, it could see its first federal inmates by mid-2011, a Justice Departmen...

Obama's Budget Includes $237 Million For Thomson Correctional Center

Chicago Sun-Times | Lynn Sweet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

President Obama on Monday will propose a $3.8-trillion fiscal 2011 federal budget that includes $237 million for the purchase and upgrading of a priso...

Prison Politics: Illinois GOP Moves To Block Gitmo Transfer Plan

Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A plan to transfer prisoners currently held at Guantanamo Bay to a nearly deserted Illinois jail is sharply dividing the state's politicians, with Dem...

Thomson Prison Will Likely Be Next Stop For Gitmo Detainees, Says Obama Administration

Washington Post | Peter Slevin and Peter Finn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Despite opposition from congressional Republicans, the Obama administration is signaling that a state prison in rural Thomson, Ill., will p...

Thomson Prison In Illinois Is Leading Choice In Obama's Search For Stateside Gitmo

AP | TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — The Obama administration may buy a near-empty prison in rural northwestern Illinois to house detainees from Guantanamo Bay along with fede...

U.S. Officials: Gitmo Detainees Will Go To Thomson, Illinois | Christi Parsons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has directed the federal government to buy the near-empty state prison in rural Thomson, Ill., to house federal i...

Thomson Residents Want Gitmo Detainees At Prison: 'It Will Wind Up Being A Boon For This Town'

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

THOMSON, Ill. — Some folks in this dying Mississippi River town would rather take their chances with suspected terrorists in their backyard than...

Illinois Guantanamo Bay?: Local Officials In Thomson, Illinois Welcome Idea (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Thomson VIllage President Jerry "Duke" Hebeler said at a press conference Monday that bringing Guantanamo Bay detainees to Thomson, Illinois, could be...

Illinois State Prison Emerges As Likely Transfer Location For Gitmo Detainees

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON — A draft memo leaked to a conservative Web site is an encouraging sign the government intends to transfer Guantanamo terrorist suspe...

Pat Quin, Dick Durbin Try To Build Support For Gitmo Inmates' Relocation To Thomson Prison In Illinois

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Sunday tried to build support and counter criticism of a proposal to sell a prison in rura...