CHICAGO — Cash-strapped Illinois will pocket $165 million for its sale of the Thomson Correctional Center to the federal government, which will open it as a federal Bureau of Prisons facility.

Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., made the announcement Tuesday. Quinn said the state would use the proceeds to pay off debt issued to build the prison and hopefully to pay down part of the approximately $8 billion backlog of bills the state carried over into the new fiscal year July 1.

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