Durbin Taking Heat for Thomson Prison Trade for Religious Freedom Commission’s Continued Existence

Looks as if McHenry County Blog wasn’t the only one thinking Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin’s attempt to blackmail a Virginia Republican congressman who chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee that controls the U.S. prison system budget was a tad too much. … Continue reading

Durbin Tries to Trade Thomson Prison for Independent International Religious Persecution Watchdog’s Existence

In typical Illinois style, U.S. Senate Dick Durbin has been fingered by CQ Weekly’a Shawn Zelle as the one who put a hold on the unanimous consent agreement passage of re-authorization of the US Commission on Religious Freedom. This is … Continue reading

Illinois GOP Congressmen Urge Obama to Abandon Move of Terrorists to Northwest Illinois

This press release explains the effort to keep Gitmo prisoners from being moved to the Thomson, Illinois, maximum security prison that Illinois hopes to sell to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The Washington representatives associated with it are U.S. Senator … Continue reading

Batman Needed to Fight Prison Guard Workers Comp Abuse

“Holy guano, Batman!” Of the 760 employees at Menard Correctional Center in the Metro East part of Illinois, 389 have filed claims. “That’s a big pile of guano, Robin!” Belleville News-Democrat reporters George Pawlaczky and Beth Hundsdorfer have discovered “hundreds … Continue reading

Manzullo Wins Gitmo Fight

Congressman Don Manzullo will get his wish that Guantanamo terrorists not be transferred to the Thomson Prison in his 16th District. His press release below explains what happened in Washington Friday: U.S. House Votes Overwhelmingly to Prohibit Transfer of GITMO … Continue reading

Manzullo Favors Federal Prison in Thomson without Terrorists

That’s what the 16th District Congressman’s press release below says. Manzullo Urges President Obama to Fully Utilize Thomson as a Federal Prison Without Terrorists [WASHINGTON] With Congress continuing to oppose moving GITMO terrorists inside the United States, Congressman Don Manzullo … Continue reading

Manzullo Gets Letter Saying Thomson Supermax on Way, Whether or Not Gitmo Prisoners Transferred

16th District Congressman Don Manzullo received an encouraging letter yesterday, March 18th. Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich wrote, “With respect to your suggestion to move forward whether (or not) detainees from Guantanamo are moved there, the President has directed the … Continue reading

Mike Tryon Gets Big Springfield Win on Gitmo Prisoner Issue

It was “just” a surplus property issue. Should it take approval of the Illinois General Assembly to dispose of surplus property worth more than $1 million? But House Bill 4744 was aimed by Crystal Lake State Representative Mike Tryon directly … Continue reading