Residents of a small northwest Illinois village say they're eager for economic opportunities after the sale of a prison to the federal government. The sale of Thomson Correctional Center could bring up to 1,600 inmates and just as many jobs to struggling Thomson where fewer than 600 people reside. The US Bureau of Prisons will pay $165 million for the facility and convert it into a maximum security prison estimated to generate about $200 million annually in economic activity. Thomson was built in the 1990s but never fully opened due to state budget shortfalls. Some Republicans have blasted the sale saying it could "set in motion" a plan to house suspected terrorists.
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