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Ill. (AP) A southern Illinois prison has opened its doors to journalists in the wake of a watchdog group's 2011 report of overcrowding, flooding and crumbling and unsanitary basement dormitories. The minimum-security Vandalia Correctional Center
The Illinois Department of Corrections says the planned closure of a central Illinois prison could mean 1,500 inmates would be housed in prison gyms. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register (http://bit.ly/nPzzfO) reports the department detailed the
Progressive groups, worried that Democrats are too cautious, are speaking the language that lawmakers may hear clearest: poll numbers. After Republican Scott Brown's election to the Senate in Massachusetts on Jan. 19, a coalition of liberal groups
The entrance is seen to the Thomson Correctional Center on Nov. 15, 2009 in Thomson, Ill. (David Greedy/Getty Images) After deciding last month to move a “limited number of Guantanamo Bay detainees” into the Thomson Correctional Center, the Obama
Senate features a handful of unknowns with little money and even less political experience scrambling to paint the front runner -- longtime Congressman Mark Kirk -- as a liberal in conservative clothes. More ... Jan. 11, 2010 – Politicians who
The prospect of housing Guantanamo detainees on U.S. soil gives some people pause. But most folks in Thomson, Ill., welcome anyone to fill the $128 million maximum-security prison that has stood near empty there for eight years. "We're hoping this is
For a while it looked like Kansas' Leavenworth prison might house the infamous prisoners, but that was before the state's representatives raised a ruckus about it...Other elected officials from other states echoed those concerns, shouting that they
The White House has drafted an order that, if finalized, could be used to send detainees remaining at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a prison in President Obama's home state of Illinois. The memo, first reported by BigGovernment.
Despite concerns raised by congressional Republicans, the Obama administration might go ahead and move scores of terror suspects from the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba to the state prison of Illinois in rural Thomson. That'
Gov. Pat�Quinn said Monday he expects swift action on a proposal to sell a northwestern Illinois prison to the federal government to house Guantanamo Bay detainees, while a leading Republican critic, Congressman Mark Kirk, moderated his rhetoric on