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Taliban 5: More Where They Came From

Brian Giacometti | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Brian Giacometti

Rep. Mike Rogers asked, "What does this tell terrorists, that if you capture a U.S. soldier, you can trade that soldier for five terrorists we've gone after?" Sorry to say, but if the goal is to reduce terrorism, then Gitmo's existence -- that unyielding cockroach of American politics -- looms far larger.

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...

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 ...

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...

Guantanamo Closure Delayed By Another Full Year

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's commitment to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by next month may be delayed until ...

WATCH: GOP Rep. Sorry For Calling Islam A 'Savage Religion'

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Ill.) moved to distance himself Tuesday from remarks he made to a local TV station in which he referred to Islam as a "savage rel...

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...

Mark Kirk Cools His Bomb-Throwing Rhetoric On Gitmo Detainees Plan

Chicago Tribune | Rick Pearson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk turned down the rhetoric today on Democratic-backed plans to use the largely vacant Thomson Correctional Ce...

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...

Swinging Senators to Be

Shawn Healy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Shawn Healy

Attendees of the Union League Club's Dem Senatorial Forum were treated to candidates largely in agreement, but whose actions show little evidence they have been infected by the holiday spirit.

'Illinois Gitmo' Fact Check: AP Knocks Down Overblown Claims About Detainees And U.S. Prisons

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — As the Obama administration considers a plan to move Guantanamo Bay detainees to prisons on U.S. soil, including possible sites in Ill...

Thomson Illinois Residents Welcome Gitmo Detainees: 'It Would Help The Businesses Here'

Chicago Breaking News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

News that the federal government seems interested in transferring detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the Thomson Correctional Center was greeted ...

Mark Kirk: The Officer of Misinformation on Afghanistan

Danielle Celena Belton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Danielle Celena Belton

Perhaps this is another case of speak crazy first, pull back with common sense later. After all, now the misinformation is out there, just like Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) wanted.

Gitmo Detainees Would Bring 3,000 Jobs: White House

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON — A deal to house Guantanamo Bay detainees at a northwestern Illinois prison could bring nearly 3,000 jobs to the area, a White House...

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...

Thomson Correctional Center To House Guantanamo Detainees: White House

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Taking an important step on the thorny path to closing the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay Cuba, the White House plans to...

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...