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The new spending bill includes funding for activation of prisons in the Federal system. That could mean the opening of the Thomson Prison in Thomson, Illinois.
     
Some Illinois lawmakers have already written to the Federal Bureau of Prisons Director, asking the agency to prioritize Thomson.
    
The once-state owned prison was completed back in 2001 but never fully opened due to budget problems. Then, the federal government bought the facility in 2012.
     
If it opens, the prison is expected to create hundreds of jobs. The Village President says construction jobs would have an immediate impact, then school, motel and retail would follow. She has a message for all those workers.

"On behalf of Thomson, I would like to say to all of them, welcome home," said Vicky Trager. "What took you so long?"

The prison wouldn't be fully operational until after renovations. Those are expected to take about two years.