Thomson Correctional Center en Thomson Could Be Ready In Two Years <p>A northern Illinois prison could reopen in two years.&nbsp; President Obama's budget proposal includes $166 million dollars for the Thomson Correctional Center and two other prisons. if fully funded by Congress, the proposal would cover the cost of upgrades, equipment, and staffing at the facility.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 11:20:43 +0000 WNIJ 28175 at Thomson Could Be Ready In Two Years Light At The End Of Tunnel For Thomson Opening <p></p><p>Federal officials are taking initial steps in their plans to open the Thomson Correctional Center. They say they’re eager to activate the modern, but little-used facility, which was sold by the state of Illinois last fall. As the process unfolds, people in and around Thomson are guarded in their optimism about the economic jolt the prison is expected to provide. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 13:36:15 +0000 Mike Moen 25306 at Light At The End Of Tunnel For Thomson Opening Prison Sale Moves Ahead; 1,100 Jobs Expected <p>The federal Bureau of Prisons today filed documents in federal court in Rockford to acquire Thomson Correctional Center at a price of $165 million. More than 1,100 jobs are expected to be generated once the facility is fully operational.</p><p>The announcement was made this afternoon at the prison by Gov. Pat Quinn, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Thomson Mayor <span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Jerry “Duke” Hebeler, who initially proposed in 2009 that the prison be sold to the federal government as an economic boost&nbsp; to the area.</span></p><p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 19:31:58 +0000 WNIJ 19270 at Prison Sale Moves Ahead; 1,100 Jobs Expected State lawmaker questions Thomson proposal <p>State Senator Mike Jacobs says it would not be good government policy to give the Thomson Correctional Center to the federal government. That suggestion came in a letter from State Representatives Jim Sacia and Rich Morthland. The two Republicans have sent a letter to Governor Pat Quinn saying that handing over Thomson to the feds would get the ball rolling on creating much needed jobs for the area surrounding Thomson. Tue, 21 Aug 2012 15:43:30 +0000 Mike Moen 17094 at A tale of two prisons: Can Illinois sell both? <p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is rejecting calls to reduce the asking price for a state prison the federal government wants to buy. He&rsquo;s also rejecting the idea that Illinois should not try to sell the federal government two prisons at once.</p><p>Thomson Correctional Center, in northwest Illinois, has barely been used in the decade since it was built. Illinois and the federal government agreed to a price of $165 million -- significantly less than the $220 million dollars at which that facility has been appraised.</p><p>And Quinn plans to close the super-maximum security prison at Tamms, in southern Illinois, as a cost-saving move. It&#39;s one of the newest state prisons and, once it&#39;s empty, Quinn hopes the federal government will be interested in buying it as well as Thomson.</p><p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 20:31:15 +0000 WNIJ 14659 at A tale of two prisons: Can Illinois sell both?