Ill. Department of Corrections ready to clear out lockup if feds buy it to house Gitmo inmates

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The Illinois Department of Corrections says it's ready to transfer out 200 prisoners from an underused prison if the federal government buys it to house alleged terrorists now held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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RI Girl

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Why didn't we get to vote on something as SERIOUS as this decision?
I'm not going to feel safe in my own state now.
DA DUKE

Macomb, IL

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RI GIRL Come on u knew that this was gonna happen ur safety is not going to change a bit. Suck it up I know someone that works there know. Im only against this if the state employees that work there know dont have jobs after this happens hopefully they can just transfer where they want to go. This is going to help the state out.......
Mick

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Finally the most state of the art prison in the US is going to be used. The area is in bad shape because of jobs lost over the last 10 years. The welcome mat will be out for new people who will locate to the area to work.
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De Witt, IA

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Okay, so you feel safer with a prison full of rapists and serial killers?
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De Witt, IA

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Honestly, there is probably more bad/dangerous American citizens running around loose right now than how many of Gitmo detainees that will be coming.
Mick

Madison, WI

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I wonder howw long it will take the State of Illinois to build another one??? Apparently someone never paid off the Chicago politicans crooks to ever get this 140 million dollar prison open. The best thing for everyone will be to get this out of the crooked State of Illinois hands and get it opened up to create the jobs it was intended for, for the area. I feel sorry for the kids and people who the state screwed over giving them hope that they would open the facility. If anyone feels unsafe then they are uneducated about the whole thing and listening to to may republicans fales statements.
Mick

Madison, WI

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I sure do feel safe. It's better that they are in there than out side running around. Also I only live just down the road from where the prison is and I won't loose any sleep over it.
Connie

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I am opposed to the selling of the Thomson prison. What is going to happen to the 300 that were trained for jobs there? Some may be transferred to other Illinois prisons which does not help the economy here or they will lose thier jobs, now does that make sense? It is all politics!
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Rockford, IL

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I very much disagree with Thomson being chosen to house alleged terrorists.
We should have been able to have some say in the decision.
How safe will we be if this comes to pass? We have two major airports within 150 miles of the prison. Ohare in Chicago and Quad City International Airport in Moline.
The RI Arsenal would be a very big target for terrorist attacks.
I just don't feel as safe and secure with this decision.
questioning

Burlington, IA

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So why didnt the state do a cost benefit analysis as if the state would open the prison? I believe more people from ILLINOIS would get jobs with the state running the prison then when the feds take over. I hope everyone is happy with this decision especially the ones who think it will be so great for the area. does anybody realize the fed job numbers vary greatly from article to article? It is too bad for all of the people hired for Thomson especially the ones who already moved away from their families to be closer to work. There goes their chances at promotions anytime soon and who knows where they will end up? Blago may have been crooked but at least he was going to open up the MOST secure prison in Il.
vicky clinton ia

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I live 12 miles from there. They said theres going to be alot of army men and arm guards there.And it will bring more money into the towns around the prison.
But my concern is that we will be getting alot of terrorist threats .And we have cordova not far away.They say no chance of a terrorist attack.But im still worried.
Pintail

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This would be great if only you could trust the govenment. State and Federal. So far all had the last 9 years are lies. The number of jobs for people in this area is the first big one. Wait and see if I'm not right. They'll promise you anything to get what they want. Seen it all before. This won't be any different.
Mab

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We live very near the Thomson prison. Do I feel safe about the decision, you bet I do. Come on let's get real here. A few years ago we were able to tour the facility and after seeing that it showed us it will be almost impossible to escape. Also don't you think that if the terrorists wanted to attack something look what is so near to all of us. We have the nuclear power plant, 3M, Dams on the river, and countless other places that would be at high risk. Do I trust the government and their decisions they make, at this point not really. Let's just hope this is not another broken promise. We all need to start trusting one another and do what's best for all. This area needs a little good news at the moment.
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What a horrible decision this is!!! We the people of IL and the midwest do not even get a vote in our own safety!! What in the world are they thinking besides teh almighty $$$ because they have run us into such a huge debt in the past decade and are now scrambling at any cost to get us out!! They are certainly not thinking of the safety of the people of the heartland, let alon the entire country! They have sold us out to the terrorists who are laughing at our stupidity. Durbin says "after we put up another fence we'll be the safest prison in the country". What the heck does that tell you?!? Maybe we should have been using Thompson all along for all the convicts they were letting out early due to overcrowding, or all the gangbangers running loose here & especially in Chicago!!! TOTALLY RIDICULOUS to bring terrorists here when we already have the homegrown gangs that we can't control. There used to be a time we could say we sere proud to be from IL; no more!!!
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I think this will be great for Thomson and the surrounding area
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What is the big concern?? All you have to do is open a newspaper, turn on the tv or radio and hear about all the murders, beatings, rapes, burgleries, and what have you going on now in all parts of this country. I've lost a lot of faith in our own judicial system when it comes to convicting and putting away those who are just as dangerous as these terrorists they want to house in Thomson. It's been a long time coming for those with lost promises and dreams in this area.
Sharon Curtiss

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I'm glad I don't live in Thomson. I don't want to be close to the terrorists. I find it so scary.
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Will the feds hire Illinois Dept. of Corrections guards to work there also? I tested and interviewed last spring and i am really hoping i get a phone call!
questioning

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So when the buses roll through your towns with the officers on board from rock island arsenal i sure hope they make stops to spend money.
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I think some people don't realize that there are going to be a whole lot of well armed and well trained guards, and increased physical barriers and other layers of protection. It's not like the bad guy's are going to waltz in there and drive off into the sunset. 2) These prisoners have very little use or value, other than propaganda to "Their Cause". If Al-Quieda really wanted them out, wouldn't it be easier to spring them from a small base in a country that is beligerent towards the US to begin with? If the terrorists are going to hit us, it is because we are the U.S.and they don't like US. Not because we are holding some "holy warriors". They get plenty of willing recruits, everyday. Besides, there are far more dangerous murders, thugs, preditors and gangsta sciopaths that walking the streets and housed every prison in the us.

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