Durbin praised the imminent arrival of prisoners at a long-dormant facility in a rural corner of the state as key to “the economic future of northern Illinois.”

Durbin has consistently lauded the Thomson prison as a untapped source of jobs Illinoisans. When Federal money was announced for an Illinois prison, he said

“This is the news we’ve been waiting for… a significant investment in the economic future of Northern Illinois.”

via Durbin Sparks Backlash After Praising Prison As Job-Creator.