WASHINGTON (WIFR) – The massive spending bill has passed the house. It includes money to open Thomson Prison.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says the opening of Thomson would bring hundreds of jobs to the area. It won’t be fully operational for at least another two years, considering $25 million in renovations will take place during that time. Another $170 million is needed for equipment and staffing.
Both local representatives voted in favor of the bill.