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Illinois House Wants to Weigh in on Thomson Prison Sale

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Illinois House Wants to Weigh in on Thomson Prison Sale

A view of Thomson Correctional Center (AP/File)

The Illinois House wants to have a say in whether the state sells a prison to the federal government.

Governor Pat Quinn has the authority to proceed with plans to sell the Thomson Prison, but the House yesterday approved a bill requiring Quinn to get the General Assembly’s okay before the sale is final.

Republican Representative Jim Sacia argues the prison hasn’t created the jobs he thought it would.

SACIA: I know personally many citizens in and around Thomson that built gas stations, motels, car lots, houses, because if they build it, they will come.

Supporters say the legislature should be involved if Illinois sells a state asset valued at one million dollars or more.

The governor’s office had no comment. It has opposed anything that could block the prison’s sale.

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