WTVO/WQRF - The latest step in the eventual activation of Thomson Prison.
The Bureau of Prisons has committed $53.7 million for the prison. $10 million will go to renovation and the rest will go prison upgrades, purchases, and staffing.
"Communities across our region of Illinois have spent over a decade thirsting for [this] great news" says Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17th). "Workers can soon compete for good paying jobs and Northern Illinois will longer be home to an empty prison."