After being closed for more than a decade, it looks like the Thomson Prison is on track to re-open in the future.
Senator Dick Durbin and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos gave more details into how the plan will come together.
The prison is expected to be up an running by the end of 2015. The Federal Bureau of Prisons plans to hire 300 employees the first year and another 1,100 the second year.
The facility is expected to undergo $25-million worth of upgrades in year one and spend another $168-million the second year to hire the employees. The funding for the prison is in the federal budget but things won't get going until Congress and the President approve it.
"We still have a lot of work to do to make sure the funding gets through and I think that the Federal Bureau of Prisons is so committed to this," said Bustos. "Means a lot for this area."
Senator Durbin says that the progress on activating the prison is closer now than it's ever been. He says everyone will be ready as soon as the funding is approved.