IL. Republicans To Try to Block Guantanamo Detainee Move
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is in favor of moving Guantanamo detainees to the almost empty Thomson Correctional Center, 150 miles from Chicago. (Background here.) So are local residents. It would be an economic boom to the area -- up to $1 billion over four years.
Who objects? Republicans.
House Republican Aaron Schock of Peoria plans to introduce a measure aimed at prohibiting the use of federal dollars to move the detainees to Thomson...The spokesman for Schock said House Republicans Tim Johnson, John Shimkus and Peter Roskam, all from Illinois, have agreed to sign on to the measure and efforts were ongoing to bring all seven GOP House members from Illinois on board.
If the deal goes through, it will be at least as secure as Supermax, and detainees would not be allowed to have visitors (other than legal counsel.)
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