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A state commission has approved the controversial sale of Thomson Correctional Center, giving Governor Pat Quinn a legislative green light to proceed with the sale of the facility.

On January 6, legislative members of the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) voted 7-4 to sell Thomson Correctional Center to the federal government. If the sale takes place, the facility will house federal detainees formerly located in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba—including suspected terrorists.

I am a member of COGFA and I voted “no” because of concerns over the proposed sale, including criticism related to the accelerated pace of the sale, safety issues relating to the incarceration of suspected terrorists, and financial concerns that Illinois receive a fair price for the sale of the facility.

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