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WASHINGTON (AP) - The massive spending bill worked out by congressional negotiators includes money to open the Thomson prison in northwestern Illinois.
The state owned the facility for about a decade but never fully opened it because of budget problems. The federal government bought it for $165 million in 2012.
Durbin says it will also bring hundreds of jobs.
It won’t be fully operational until after renovations that are expected to cost $25 million and take two years. Another $170 million is needed for equipment and staffing.
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