Report: Ill. prison deal could create 3,000 jobs -

Report: Ill. prison deal could create 3,000 jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal lawmakers from Illinois and Iowa say their constituents want new jobs and support a plan to house Guantanamo Bay detainees at a prison in Thomson, Ill.

A White House analysis estimates the plan would create up to 3,000 jobs in its first year. The president's Council of Economic Advisers says local residents would be "excellent candidates" for up to 1,400 of the new jobs.

Democratic lawmakers toured the facility yesterday with officials from the federal Bureau of Prisons and the Illinois Department of Corrections.

They blasted Republican lawmakers who oppose the plan because they don't think housing terror suspects is safe.

Rep. Bruce Braley, a Democrat from Dubuque, Iowa, says the "time for fear-mongering is over."

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