Hot on HuffPost:

See More Stories

Illinois Prison Could House Former Guantanamo Detainees

5 years ago
  0 Comments Say Something  »
Text Size
The Obama administration is looking to a mostly unused prison facility about 150 miles west of Chicago as a possible home for detainees from Guantanamo Bay, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. The plan has the support of key Democrats in the Senate, and would bring as many as 3,000 jobs to the Thomson, Ill. area.

"This is an opportunity to dramatically reduce unemployment, create thousands of good-paying jobs and breathe new economic life into this part of downstate Illinois," Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois. "We should not let the unsupported and misplaced fears of a few stand in the way of this historic economic boost to our region."

The administration faces legal difficulties in deciding where to take the detainees, about 100 of whom would go to the Thomson Correctional Facility if the plan is successful. Obama would have to find away around laws that prohibit such a move unless it is part of a trial.

Our New Approach to Comments

In an effort to encourage the same level of civil dialogue among Politics Daily’s readers that we expect of our writers – a “civilogue,” to use the term coined by PD’s Jeffrey Weiss – we are requiring commenters to use their AOL or AIM screen names to submit a comment, and we are reading all comments before publishing them. Personal attacks (on writers, other readers, Nancy Pelosi, George W. Bush, or anyone at all) and comments that are not productive additions to the conversation will not be published, period, to make room for a discussion among those with ideas to kick around. Please read our Help and Feedback section for more info.

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum Comment Moderation Enabled. Your comment will appear after it is cleared by an editor.

Follow Politics Daily

  • Comics
Featuring political comics by Robert and Donna TrussellMore>>
  • Woman UP Video
politics daily videos
Weekly Videos
Woman Up, Politics Daily's Online Sunday ShowMore»
politics daily videos
TV Appearances
Showcasing appearances by Politics Daily staff and contributors.More>>