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Ill. prison could get some Gitmo detainees

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is expected to announce today plans to turn a state prison in rural Illinois into the new home for some terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Such an announcement would be an important step in the process of closing the U.S. detention center.

Administration officials say the White House is eyeing Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Ill., described as a sleepy town near the Mississippi River and about 150 miles form Chicago.

One local official says he hasn't heard anything about the plan. Thomson Village President Jerry Hebeler says, "It's news to me, but then I'm always the last to know anything."

An aide for Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin says the facility would house federal inmates and no more than 100 detainees from Guantanamo.

President Barack Obama has said that he wants terror suspects on U.S. soil so they can be tried for their alleged crimes.

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