Dispute blocking prison sale
SPRINGFIELD – The federal government wants to buy a prison. The state of Illinois has one to sell. Problem solved, right?
Before the federal Bureau of Prisons can buy the state’s vacant Thomson penitentiary, it needs permission from Congress to shuffle some money around within its budget. But Rep. Frank Wolf, a Virginia Republican who chairs a key subcommittee, refuses to sign off, saying the change would amount to an improper earmark of money for a particular project.
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