Thomson Correctional Center
About $10 million will be used to renovate the maximum-security penitentiary that was a state prison that never fully opened because of budget constraints. The additional $43.7 million will be used for staffing and equipment.
The federal government has agreed to buy the vacant Thomson Correctional Center, in western Illinois along the Iowa border, in a move that has been held up for almost three years.
Fear over Guantanamo inmates coming inland is holding up the sale of the state prison at Thomson.
The State of Illinois is hoping to auction off the Thomson Correctional Center this morning.