Ill. attorney general says gov. may sell prison

December 22, 2009 12:27:24 PM PST
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan gives a legal okay to a plan to sell a prison in Thomson to the federal government.Governor Quinn and President Obama want to use the facility to house prisoners now at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

Madigan issued a ruling saying the governor does not need the approval of the general assembly to sell the prison.

Some in Springfield had said he did need the legislature's okay. Some Republicans questioned the deal saying they fear having terrorism suspects here would make Illinois a target of attacks.