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Clout StFrom the Tribune Washington bureau: Feds buying Thomson prison regardless of use The prison in rural Thomson, Ill., could hold detainees at Guantanamo Bay, but federal authorities want it regardless of that. By Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau...
Tribune reporterA panel of state lawmakers recommended closing a little-used prison in northwest Illinois on Wednesday, giving Gov. Pat Quinn political cover to sell the facility to the Obama administration to house terrorism suspects now held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba....
Associated Press SPRINGFIELD — Just weeks after Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced hundreds of layoffs because of state budget woes, his administration hired 208 prison guards who don't have a prison to guard. The Department of Corrections hired...
Tribune NewspapersWASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has directed the federal government to buy the near-empty state prison in rural Thomson, Ill., to house federal inmates and up to 100 detainees from the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, officials said...
Tags: New York, Cuba, Dick Durbin, Pat Quinn, Washington (U.S. state)
Tribune reportersTHOMSON, Ill. -- President Barack Obama's idea of moving suspected terrorists from the Guantanamo Bay detention center to a northwest Illinois prison may face its biggest opposition hundreds of miles away in Washington. On Saturday, residents and leaders...
Tags: Cuba, Dick Durbin, Pat Quinn, Executive Branch, Chicago
Tribune newspapersA near-empty prison in rural Illinois has emerged as "a leading option" to house suspected terrorists currently held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, an Obama administration official said Friday. As they work to shutter the controversial detention center,...
Los Angeles Times Staff WritersIn addition to housing foreign detainees, an Illinois state prison could become a site for military trials of those charged with acts of terrorism, an administration official acknowleged Monday. As the Obama administration works to identify a detention...
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