The interior of a cell block at the Thomson Correctional in Thomson. (AP Photo/The Dispatch, Todd Mizener, File)
A guard tower and prison yard remains empty at the Thomson Correctional Center on November 15, 2009 in Thomson, Illinois. (Photo by David Greedy/Getty Images)
The Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Ill., closed in April 2010. | AP file photo
U. S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., center, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Thomson Mayor Jerry "Duke" Hebeler (right) announce the sale of the Thomson Correctional Center to the U.S. government for $165- million during a press conference outside the Thomson Village Hall on Tuesday October 2, 2012.