Durbin, Quinn ask congressman's support on Thomson
CHICAGO – Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and Gov. Pat Quinn have asked a Republican congressman from Virginia to end his opposition to the purchase by the U.S. of the Thomson Correctional Center in western Illinois.
Rep. Frank Wolf chairs the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the federal Bureau of Prisons. In a letter sent Friday, Durbin asked that Wolf approve a Justice Department request to move $165 million from other programs to purchase Thompson.
In his letter to Wolf, Quinn noted bipartisan support for the purchase. Wolf's office hasn't responded to requests for comment.
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