Latest idea for Thomson prison – give lockup away
Let feds pay off $61 million mortgage, legislators suggest
THOMSON – Two state legislators are asking Gov. Pat Quinn to give Thomson prison to the federal government for the bargain-basement price of $61 million – enough to pay off the vacant lockup's mortgage.
In a news release Thursday, Republican Rep. Rich Morthland of Cordova said he and Jim Sacia of Freeport delivered a letter to Quinn on Tuesday requesting that the prison be given to the Federal Bureau of Prisons "in exchange for their commitment to pay off the remaining mortgage of $61 million and open the facility."
“There is great potential by putting this prison to use, and instead it sits idle,” Morthland said in the release.
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