|Mississippi River a few miles south of Thomson|
At one time it was envisioned at a 'Gitmo North' for War on Terror jihadists, which Durbin called "a dream come true." Of course in countless ways Durbin's dreams are my nightmares.
It may seem like a lot of money, but $165 million isn't that much when you consider that the massive state worker pension shortfall grows by $12.6 million every day. The Thomson sale covers just 13 days of failure by state leaders, although Quinn plans to utilize the Thomson cash to pay off the bonds on the prison and chip into Illinois' enormous backlog of unpaid bills.
As for 'Gitmo North,' federal law prevents any transfer of any terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to Thomson. However, President Obama, an abuser of his executive order powers, may yet try to fulfill Durbin's dream. Remember, this is a president who made three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board when the Senate was not in recess.
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