Proposed Spending Bill Includes Funding For Thomson

Jan 14, 2014

The spending bill introduced in Congress this week includes funding to open Thomson Prison in northwest Illinois. 

File photo: Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) meet with U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons Charles Samuels to discuss Thomson Prison. (August 2013)

The bill must now be voted on in both chambers and signed into law by President Obama. 

The measure does not detail how this funding will be spent.

According to a news release from U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Rep. Cheri Bustos, the full activation of Thomson is expected to take two years at a cost of $25 million for upgrades and renovations and $170 million for equipment and staffing. 

The federal government’s operation of Thomson is expected to create more than 1,100 jobs.