Thomson Correctional Center http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Residents Of Thomson Eager To Push Forward After Prison Sale http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/residents-thomson-eager-push-forward-after-prison-sale <p>Residents of a small northwest Illinois village say they're eager for economic opportunities after the sale of a prison to the federal government.&nbsp;</p><p>The Chicago-Sun Times reports that the sale of Thomson Correctional Center could bring up to 1,600 inmates and just as many jobs to struggling Thomson where fewer than 600 people reside.</p> Sun, 07 Oct 2012 18:28:25 +0000 The Associated Press 5115 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Residents Of Thomson Eager To Push Forward After Prison Sale Federal Government Will Buy Illinois Prison http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/federal-government-will-buy-illinois-prison <p><strong>Updated at 5:45 p.m. with additional comments from Gov. Quinn and comments from Sen. Durbin. Brian Mackey contributed reporting.</strong></p><p><strong>Updated at 2 p.m. with statement from Gov. Pat Quinn.</strong></p><p>The federal government has agreed to purchase the&nbsp;underused&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomson_Correctional_Center">Thomson Correctional Center</a>&nbsp;in northwest Illinois to relieve crowding in its facilities, despite fervent opposition from members of Congress.</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 18:49:06 +0000 The Associated Press & Illinois Public Radio 4931 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Federal Government Will Buy Illinois Prison