Exterior view of the Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Illinois

 
Exterior view of the Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Illinois
The Thomson Correctional Center is pictured in Thomson, Illinois, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) west of Chicago, November 16, 2009. Obama administration officials will visit the virtually empty Illinois prison this week as a possible location to house foreign terrorism suspects moved from the Guantanamo Bay prison President Barack Obama has vowed to shut, the state's governor's office said on Sunday. The plan being considered for the Thomson Correctional Center, pitched by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn in a recent meeting with Obama, calls for the Federal Bureau of Prisons to operate it as a maximum-security prison and lease a portion to the Defense Department to house fewer than 100 Guantanamo detainees. The plans could include a purchase of the facility by the federal government, Quinn said. REUTERS/Stephanie Makosky (UNITED STATES CRIME LAW POLITICS MILITARY)