UPDATE: The Obama administration has made an end run around Congressional Republicans who were blocking the sale and is directing the Dept. of Justice to go ahead with the purchase of the Thompson prison at the negotiated $165 million price and not the lower price that Congressman Schilling had asked for. Governor Quinn indicated that the $165 million will go to pay overdue state bills, giving a boost to many small business owners who are owed money by the state. Sen. Dick Durbin was quoted in the Quad City Times on the sale saying, "I asked the congressman [Schilling] to do one thing -- to get Rep. Wolf to sign the letter -- but he couldn't do it," Sen. Durbin said. "He couldn't get it done."
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