The U.S. government will acquire an underutilized state prison in rural Illinois to be the new home for a limited number of terrorist suspects held at Guantanamo, reports the Associated Press. The facility is the Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Il., a sleepy town near the Mississippi River 150 miles from Chicago. An aide to Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said the facility would house federal inmates and no more than 100 detainees from Guantanamo Bay.
Thomson was one of several potential sites evaluated by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to house detainees from the Navy-run prison at Guantanamo Bay. Officials at other prisons, including Marion, Il., Hardin, Mo., and Florence, Co., have said they would welcome the jobs that would be created by the new inmates.