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9:34 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Job Openings Posted For Thomson Prison

Jenna Dooley WNIJ

Hiring is underway for the long-shuttered Thomson Prison in northwest Illinois.

Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesperson Chris Burke confirmed to WNIJ Friday morning that there are 15 job openings for Thomson through He did not have specifics of those positions.

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6:29 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Proposed Spending Bill Includes Funding For Thomson

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

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. 

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5:54 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Funding Still A Roadblock For Thomson Prison

Credit Thomson Correctional Center

Federal officials remain committed to opening a vacant prison in northwest Illinois. But securing funding remains a key obstacle in getting the facility in Thomson up and running.

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Thomson Correctional Center
6:20 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Thomson Could Be Ready In Two Years

Credit Thomson Correctional Center

A northern Illinois prison could reopen in two years.  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.

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7:52 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Lawmaker says Illinois should "give" Thomson prison to federal government

State Representative Jim Sacia

The state of Illinois is still trying to sell Thomson prison to the federal government. One lawmaker wants Governor Pat Quinn to consider giving it away.

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6:55 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Obama administration: No terrorism suspects will be held at Thomson

Concerns over the sort of inmates that would be housed at the Illinois prison have delayed efforts by the federal government to purchase it from the state. U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder tried to calm those fears Tuesday.

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