Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability
C.D. Davidsmeyer, Co-Chair
David Koehler, Co-Chair
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Thomson Correctional Center


Department of Corrections Thomson Correctional Center



The Department of Corrections proposes to close this facility.






 November 25, 2009

Initial Public Notice to CGFA from the Agency:

 November 25, 2009

Recommendation Requested by CGFA from the Agency:

 Received with Notice of Closure

Recommendation Received:

 November 25, 2009

Public Comment Period:

 November 26-December 25

Meeting Scheduled:

 December 22, 2009

Meeting Agenda:

 December 22, 2009

December 22, 2009 Meeting Video:

 Part I

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 Part II

 Part III

 Part IV

Dept. of Defense Letter to US Rep. Kirk:

 December 15, 2009

Dept. of Defense Letter to Governor Quinn:

 December 15, 2009

Follow-Up Meeting Scheduled:

 January 6, 2010 - Agenda

Court Injunction Documents and Judge's Order:

 January 4, 2010

Governor's Office Responses to Commission Questions:

 January 6, 2010

January 6, 2010 Meeting Video:

 Meeting Video

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Public Letters and Written Testimony:

 as of January 7, 2010

Vote on Motion to Accept Recommendation of Closure:

 January 6, 2010

Commission Recommendation:

 January 13, 2010

Federal Bureau of Prisons Letter to Illinois:

 December 21, 2010

Status of Facility Closure Process:

THOMSON (AP) — The average of three appraisals of the value of a northwestern Illinois prison that the state wants to sell to the federal government is nearly $220 million. That price is higher than the $170 million the Obama administration requested from Congress to purchase the Thomson Correctional Center and make security upgrades. A spokesman for Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the state legally can accept no less than the nearly $220 million for the 1,600-bed prison. Both federal and state officials say the process is moving forward. Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Edmond Ross says the bureau must do its own appraisal.

Status Update as of December 21, 2010:

The State held a public auction of the Thomson Correctional Center on December 21, 2010, as required by State law. There were no bidders. The Federal Bureau of Prisons sent a letter stating that they were unable to bid at the public auction due to Federal law and a lack of appropriations, although they are still interested in purchasing the prison.

Status Update as of May 18, 2011

There is an agreement on the sale price of the Thomson Correctional Center between Governor Quinn and the Obama Administration. Although details are still being worked out, the two sides agreed on the price of $165 million.

Status Update as of July 4, 2012

Thomson Prison Sale Hits another Snag

Status of Closure:

Complete - Facility Closed as of May 2011.

Conveyance of Property to the Federal Government

January 29, 2013