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Virginia GOP congressman blasts Ill. prison sale

Tuesday - 10/2/2012, 5:15pm  ET

CHICAGO - Virginia Republican Congressman Frank Wolf is blasting the Obama administration's decision to move forward with the purchase of a prison in western Illinois.

Illinois officials announced Tuesday that federal officials are moving forward with the sale of the now-closed Thomson Correctional Center.

The sale has been stalled for years, most recently because Wolf believed terrorism suspects would be housed there. The Obama administration says that won't happen. Wolf chairs a key House subcommittee overseeing the sale.

But federal officials decided to go ahead without his approval. Illinois Democrat U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says it's an unusual move but not illegal.

Wolf says he's deeply troubled by the sale. He says it's an "unprecedented directive" to "circumvent Congress."

Thomson was built in 2001, but budget troubles kept it from fully opening.


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