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Federal Government To Buy Thomson Correctional Center

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The Department of Justice has approved a $165 million dollar request for the federal government to acquire the empty Thomson Correctional Facility in Illinois.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, along with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D) Ill., made the announcement Tuesday.  

The building will house federal criminal offenders and more than 1,100 jobs are expected to be generated, once the facility is fully operational. It could also generate more than $122 million dollars revenue for northwestern Illinois.

The state-of-the-art prison was built in 2001 as a 1,600 bed, maximum-security facility. It never fully opened because there was not enough funding to pay for operations.

Quinn says the money from the sale will pay off bond debt used to build the prison and anything left is up to lawmakers to decide. He hopes they will use the money to help pay the state's massive unpaid bills.

Look for reaction from lawmakers and the Thomson community on KWQC-TV6 news.

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