CHICAGO (AP) - Virginia Republican Congressman Frank Wolf is blasting the Obama administration's decision to move forward with the purchase of a prison in western Illinois.
Illinois officials announced Tuesday that federal officials are moving forward with the sale of the now-closed Thomson Correctional Center.
The sale has been stalled for years, most recently because Wolf believed terrorism suspects would be housed there. The Obama administration says that won't happen. Wolf chairs a key House subcommittee overseeing the sale.
But federal officials decided to go ahead without his approval. Illinois Democrat U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says it's an unusual move but not illegal.
Wolf says he's deeply troubled by the sale. He says it's an 'unprecedented directive' to 'circumvent Congress.'
Thomson was built in 2001, but budget troubles kept it from fully opening.
Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital. 1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post . 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.