Spending Bill May Re-Open Thomson Prison

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Hundreds of millions of dollars could soon come to Illinois, thanks to the $1 trillion federal spending plan just signed by President Obama.

The Thomson Correctional Center is not specifically named in the bill. However, lawmakers believe money will be set aside by the Federal Bureau of Prisons for renovations and reopening. Now that the bill has been signed, construction could begin in just a couple of months. The re-opening is expected to bring in $200 million for the town of Thomson and its surrounding areas.

"This doesn't happen every day so what we did this past week in Congress is critical not just to our region but to the state of Illinois and for people who have been holding out hope that this prison would finally be opened," said U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, (D-17th).

Bustos says the reopening of the prison will bring in 1,100 jobs.

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