Realtors scramble to find housing for Thomson prison workers

THOMSON, Ill. (AP) — Realtors in communities near the Thomson Correctional Center in northwestern Illinois are hurrying to find housing for newly hired prison workers.

The (Sterling) Daily Gazette reports that many communities also have updated their websites to include relocation tips for prison employees.
The first prisoners arrived last month, and there now are about 80 at the site’s satellite camp. The federal Bureau of Prisons has said inmates will perform jobs to help prepare the prison to operate fully.
A prison spokeswoman says 203 staff positions are filled and 33 more employees are expected in the next 2-3 months. The prison is expected to employ 1,100 staff when fully operational.
Illinois finished building the prison in 2001, but never fully opened it because of budget constraints. The state sold the prison to the federal government for $165 million in 2012.