• Durbin, Bustos give Thomson prison update

    by  • September 5, 2013 • News

    THOMSON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos have given an update to local residents about the status

    U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin

    U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin

    of Thomson prison in northwestern Illinois.

    Durbin and Bustos were in Thomson on Thursday. The Daily Gazette reports that they say the U.S. Bureau of Prisons is ready to start opening the prison, but they need the money first. The state opened the prison in 2001 but never fully opened it because of budget problems. The federal government bought it for $165 million last fall.

    Bill Dalius is with the Bureau of Prisons and was at the meeting. He says once President Barack Obama signs a budget including the money for Thomson the bureau “will move quickly.”

    The U.S. Senate’s Appropriations Committee approved funding in July.