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Guantanamo Bay Prisoners to be Held in Illinois Prison

Thomson Correctional Center/abc7 photo

Thomson Correctional Center/abc7 photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — And the winner is … the Thomson Correctional Center in northwestern Illinois.

The Chicago Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet  is reporting that the White House will announce on Tuesday that it will use the nearly empty 1,600-cell facility in Thomson, Ill.,  more than 2 hours outside of Chicago,  to house Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

At one point, officials were considering a site in rural Michigan. The relocation of the prisoners is expected to give the area an economic boost by creating plenty jobs.

The Sun-Times reported that President Obama has directed the federal government to acquire the facility, which will house under 100 Guantanamo Bay military prisoners.

The facility currently holds less than 200 prisoners, according to the Bureau of Prisons.

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