--"The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce applauds the federal acquisition of Thomson Correctional Center. The jobs and economic impact generated through utilizing the facility will produce a positive ripple effect throughout the region." -- Tara Barney, Chamber CEO.
-- "The bottom line is that this is a welcome development for our region, particularly those who have been struggling to find good jobs. ... We have been working together towards the same goal of reaching across the divide, finding a solution, and bringing these jobs to our area without moving detainees from Guantanamo to U.S. soil. -- Joint statement from U.S. Reps. Don Manzullo, R-Egan, Bobby Schilling, R-Colona, and Dave Loebsack, D-Mount Vernon.
-- "Today is a great day for northwestern Illinois. It comes as a result of hard work and cooperation from all parties involved in moving the sale forward. There is great potential here and putting the prison to use will create a positive domino effect in Carol, Whiteside, and Rock Island Counties." -- State Rep. Rich Morthland, R-Cordova.
-- "This is a great day for job creation in our area. Thomson has been empty since it was built. When the feds get it up and running and put more people to work, this will spill over to the local economy." -- State Sen. Mike Jacobs D-East Moline.
-- "Opening up Thomson Prison to federal inmates will bring more than 1,000 jobs and millions of dollars in new investments to this area and will alleviate the overcrowding in other maximum-security prisons thoughout the country. As long as no suspected terrorists from Guantanamo are moved here, I fully endorse the sale of Thomson to house federal inmates." -- U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill.
--"President Obama's unprecedented directive to Attorney General Holder to circumvent Congress to purchase Thomson prison is deeply troubling. It directly violates the clear objection of the House Appropriations Committee and goes against the bipartisan objections of members in the House and Senate, who have noted that approving this request would allow Thomson to take precedence over previously funded prisons in Alabama, Mississippi, West Virginia and New Hampshire." -- U. S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., who delayed the sale.
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.