Gitmo Illinois

Durbin and Quinn: Thomson prison sale will happen

THOMSON, Ill. — Illinois’ top leaders say the federal government will purchase Thomson Correctional Center in western Illinois for $165 million.

The prison’s sale has been stalled for years, most recently because of opposition from a Virginia Republican who chairs a subcommittee overseeing the Bureau of Prisons. Congressman Frank Wolf rejected the sale request because he believed terrorism suspects would be housed there. Federal officials say that’s not true.

Sen. Dick Durbin and Gov. Pat Quinn announced the sale Tuesday, saying federal officials decided to go around Wolf and act on their own authority. Durbin says it’s an unusual move but not illegal.

Thomson was built in 2001. Budget troubles kept it from fully opening. It has 1,600 cells but housed fewer than 200 inmates before closing to prepare for a sale.

Dickie Durbin and Quinn went behind our backs and made a deal to purchase Thompson Prison from the Justice Department.  This is a $165 million earmark, violation of the law!

The Illinois Tea Party, the 9/11 Families,  Congressman Frank Wolfe and several Rep. Congressman have remained diligent to ensure this transaction did not happen – Now the DOJ goes ‘AROUND CONGRESS’  again???? 

Illinois will not only be the home of refugee illegals who fled Arizona, we can now host terrorists and their families who want to visit them.

Congratulations Illinois!

The House GOP has purposely blocked funding for the purchase for years because the PEOPLE of ILLINOIS realize that housing terrorists here is not only dangerous, but a complete waste of money.  GITMO cost millions of dollars and was made to house terrorists.  Thompson wasn’t.  Obama just wants to say he kept a campaign promise since he can’t say that about any others he made.

Contact Numbers for:



Office of the Governor
207 State House
Springfield, IL 62706
Phone: 217-782-0244
TTY: 888-261-3336


Office of the Governor
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph, 16-100
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-814-2121


    711 Hart Senate Bldg.
    Washington, DC 20510
    9 am to 6 pm ET
    (202) 224-2152 – phone
    (202) 228-0400 – fax
    230 S Dearborn St.
    Suite 3892
    Chicago, IL 60604
    8:30 am to 5 pm
    (312) 353-4952 – phone
    (312) 353-0150 – fax
    525 South 8th St.
    Springfield, IL 62703
    8:30 am to 5 pm
    (217) 492-4062 – phone
    (217) 492-4382 – fax
    250 W. Cherry Street
    Suite 115-D
    Carbondale, IL 62901
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    (618) 351-1122 – phone
    (618) 351-1124 – fax
    1504 Third Avenue
    Suite 227
    Rock Island, IL 61201
    8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    (309) 786-5173 – phone
    (309) 786-5404 – fax

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