It's been a dozen years since the Thomson Correctional Center was built.
But it's been sitting mostly idle for the past couple years.
Now leaders are working to finally get it up and running.
"We need to get this up and going. These are good jobs where people can support their families," says Cheri Bustos, (D) US Representative.
Last year the federal government bought the Thomson Correctional Center from the state of Illinois.
Today the senator says it will lead to more than eleven hundred jobs.
And residents in the town are on board.
"The town itself is just dying and we need to get the prison open," says Jane Anne Groharing, Thomson resident.
The bureau of prisons plans to use the facility as a maximum security federal prison to help combat overcrowding.
"In the beginning, there was some opposition to having a prison in Thomson, but I think as time has gone by, we're at the point now where people want it open. People realize what it's going to do for our economy," says Vicky Trager, Thomson Mayor.
Senator Durbin says once the new budget is passed, they'll start to hire people.
"That is the day that a lot of people have been waiting for for a long time. It's going to create economic opportunity and jobs in this new federal prison," says Dick Durbin, Illinois Senator.
Their goal is to have eleven hundred new hires by the end of 2015.
Folks in the community say it will restore their confidence.
"I think it will just give us hope and revive the town and restore some of our faith in our leaders," says Groharing.
Congresswoman Bustos says there is full scale bi-partisan, bi-state support for opening the Thomson prison.
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