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Prison Bureau Plans to Open Thomas Prison
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons told him the Justice Department is moving forward with plans to open Thomas Prison in northwestern Illinois.
The federal government bought the prison from the state of Illinois in October. The Bureau of Prisons plans to use the facility as a maximum-security federal prison to alleviate overcrowding.
Durbin said the opening of the prison will bring economic development to the state.
AP contributed to this report.