Dick Durbin

Thomson Correctional Center

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.

The announcement was made this afternoon at the prison by Gov. Pat Quinn, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Thomson Mayor Jerry “Duke” Hebeler, who initially proposed in 2009 that the prison be sold to the federal government as an economic boost  to the area.

Durbin Sounds Alarm As Farm Bill Deadline Looms

Sep 17, 2012

Time is running out for Congress to pass a comprehensive farm bill. The current law expires at the end of the month. 

Durbin Not Ready To Endorse Quinn

Sep 11, 2012

Illinois’ senior U.S. Senator is holding off backing Governor Pat Quinn for reelection. Dick Durbin says he’ll wait to make sure Quinn’s actually planning to run in 2014.

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A major road reconstruction project bordering the Chicago-Rockford International Airport is expected to boost business in the region. 

durbin.senate.gov

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., says he and U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., will seek an even-handed and bipartisan or nonpartisan replacement for outgoing U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald in Chicago.

Durbin said the two senators will appoint a six-member committee to screen applicants for the job.

He says it doesn't matter if the next top prosecutor is from Illinois or from the outside, as Fitzgerald was when he was appointed.

 

An ethanol plant in Rochelle could serve as a model for other manufacturers looking to save big on their electricity bills.