Senator Jacobs: End long delay on Thomson Prison

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

State Senator Mike Jacobs today said the long delay over the federal purchase of the Thomson Correctional Center should end as soon as possible.

“After more than a year of strong opposition to the sale of Thomson Prison, Republican leaders appear to be changing their position on this important regional issue,” said State Sen. Mike Jacobs, who has been a strong advocate of selling the Thomson Prison.

“I know I speak for the tens of thousands of citizens of this region when I say that the time has come to put jobs and economic development ahead of partisan politics.  The time has come for the federal government to purchase the Thomson Correctional Center that will lead to the creation of more than 1,000 jobs in this region.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin said yesterday that the time has come for us to move forward on a ‘bipartisan basis’ to open this prison and create more than 1,000 jobs in Northwest Illinois’ and he is absolutely right.

The House Republicans in Washington have done a nice job of blocking the sale.  I hope that Congressman Schilling can convince his leadership to do what’s right for this district and this region.  We need them to join the President’s agenda and do what’s right.”