August 7, 2005

Boland, IA legislator explore idea for use of Thompson Prison

From the Quad City Times...

One Illinois legislator is ready to look across the river for a new use for the vacant Thomson correctional center.

Rep. Mike Boland, D-East Moline, said he has been talking with Iowa Rep. Joe Hutter, R-Bettendorf, about the State of Iowa using the Thomson maximum-security prison that was completed in 2001 but never opened because of Illinois budget shortages.

Boland said that Iowa is shipping prisoners to other states because of overcrowding. He said the conversations have been "to see if we can get them interested in housing prisoners at Thomson and helping us and helping them."

The Illinois representative also said Cook County struggles with overcrowding in its jails, and Thomson might be an option.

Hutter said he has submitted a request for a bill to establish a study committee to look at the idea of Iowa using the nearby Illinois facility that cost $140 million to build and is considered state-of-the-art.

He thought of the idea after reading a recent Legislative Study Report that Iowa would need to build three new prisons at $50 million each by 2014.

About three weeks ago, Hutter toured the Thomson facility and realized it was only about 12 miles from Clinton. He said there seems to be no reason to build a prison in Iowa when an unused one is so close. Hutter said he also talked with other Illinois officials about the idea.

There could be many aspects of an agreement with Illinois, such as whether some of the guards and other workers could live in Iowa, Hutter said. He said there are many benefits to the area and state by using the Thomson prison.

The Bettendorf representative hopes the bill will be supported in the session starting in January so the idea can be investigated fully.


At 8/07/2005 8:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I guess Ahern's only issue against Boland could be going away.

At 8/07/2005 11:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How come 'Young Mike Jacobs' didn't think of that if he's sooo great!
Because you know he'll take credit for it if it happens!

At 8/07/2005 12:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Case Property
WIU (no public college here)
8.7% Unemployment in Carroll County
Erosion of our young, college educated here in W.Illinois
33-38K manufacturing jobs gone in last ten years in the 71st
Hwy 30 expansion and school consolidation issues in Whiteside County
hog lot concerns (72nd right now)

yea.. no issues in forgotonnia. GMAB

At 8/07/2005 12:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

comon Ahern - ID yourself you big chicken....

At 8/07/2005 12:36 PM, Blogger Dennis Ahern said...

cluck, cluck

At 8/07/2005 12:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's funny ahern...
so are you going to buck the party and run? Isn't your buddy, Senator Mike Jacobs, thru his alter-ego headusher telling everyone that he is going to support Mr. Boland? How's that make you feel? friends like that, who needs...

At 8/07/2005 3:28 PM, Blogger diehard said...

Mike Jacobs has probably promised Ahern another office at this point.
But when you get used once hopefully youll be smart enough not to get used a second time.

At 8/07/2005 6:11 PM, Blogger Dennis Ahern said...

"...but when you get used once..."
Diehard, haven't we had this conversation once before?

Diehard, motivaton to do anything in life, be it run for public office, get married, choose a path in life, what you have is a uniquely personal and internal decision-- certainly with some outside influences, but ultimatley, those decisoins that you make speaks to who you are as a person and your very own life experiences. Unfortunately, in this business, one spends more time, energy and money deflecting, and defending erroneous information about ones own reasoning, goodness, intelligence, etc etc. because so many attach their own opinion to said motivations. Diehard, I am sure you are an intelligent, hard working, solid family man, and obviously someone interested in the betterment of those in politics, and I thank you for that regardless of what you may think of me; But for the second time, my motivation to do anything in this life (be it run for State Rep, or not) stems from my faith, my family, and what I feel I can offer for the future, not from any person alive today.

At 8/07/2005 8:15 PM, Blogger diehard said...

Well Dennis I'm not a real big fan of yours. Running against an incumbent with a 98% voting record for organized labor and next to Lane Evans one of the few REAL Democrats around here. You know the type of people that remember their Democrats other than election time?!
I admit Boland is not real good on the people skills and I personally dislike the man . But I always felt he voted the right way.
But I have to give you credit at least you had the guts to run for office.
Unlike some people who get a seat handed to them!
And I'm sure the Jacobs family has some kind of reward for you in the future for making Mike Boland spend money. But I don't imagine you were invited to that little meeting with the Speaker the other day.
You know the guy who has never been to the district before!

At 8/07/2005 8:48 PM, Blogger Dennis Ahern said...

Diehard: Excellent post. I must say though, that in public, and in private, I have never made it a point to say that I am running or I ran against any incumbent. I choose to run FOR the office, and not against any one person or idea. That is just counter productive. If you don't run for something, or stand for something, then what do you have? One must remember that 3 out of 5 voting households in a Democratic primary in the 71st are directly or indirecly effected by a member of their household being a member of a union. Therefore, as I stated on the stump when I ran FOR this office 2 years ago, in order to be successful as a public servant, one must be a reflection of the constituency they serve, therefore they must act and vote accordingly. I fully suspect any democrat in the 71st would have a very favorable union % voting record-- because that is indeed the largest constituency in the district. And, no I was not invited to the pow-wow last week, and no I do not expect a reward from anyone for supposedly making someone spend money. Where in my past have you seen me take a "reward" or anything I did not work for? That's not my style. I'd rather earn something, then have something handed to me.

At 8/07/2005 8:48 PM, Blogger Dennis Ahern said...

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At 8/07/2005 8:55 PM, Blogger theheadusher said...

Four quick points and a kicker,

1) Old Mike Boland is the past and young Democrat candidates like Dennis Ahern, Toni McCombi, Mike Hutton, Porter McNeil, J.P Jacobs, John Thodos, Mike Darrow, Tom Benson, Pat O'Brien, and Mike Carton are the future of Rock Island County Democrat Party.

2) Diehard, how can you honetly diss Senator Jacobs and claim Mike Boland is a "Democrat," when Boland openly and publicly endorsed a Republican and crossed a picket line? Now I am not saying Boland isn't a Democrat, it's just that those things don't quite square with what you are saying? Please advise as to your thinking behind your reckless claim.

3) Dennis Ahern, I called Senator Jacobs and read your post to him. Mike wanted me to assure you that Diehard is not "intelligent!"

4) Working hand-in-hand with young Senator Mike Jacobs it won't be long before the two Democrat leaders together open the empty Thompson prision!

By the way Diehard, before I sent my post, I checked once again with Senator Mike Jacobs, and he assured me that he's still smiling over his recent victory!

At 8/07/2005 9:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Usher what victory?? The meeting that went as predicted? No victory here.

As Diehard has predicted, Mike Jacobs is going to once again try and take credit for what Boland (or anyone else doing something) is doing with an issue.

Boland won't include Jacobs even if he said he'd play nice so Jacobs will hold his own press conference and claim some "victory" of some type.

Even if he does win as Senator next fall, it won't be a real victory for anyone.

At 8/08/2005 12:54 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

Except the voters of the 36th District!

At 8/08/2005 6:49 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Usher - nada. You are incorrect - the 36th District looses the right to actually pick their Senator. They get a "senator" Mike Jacobs sanwich for lunch courtesy of Denny and all the money he and his rich pals gave to sonny boy.

Gag me!!!! We all loose our basic rights at the ballot unless there is a choice and it looks like there won't be.

Prediction - one person on the ballot - Jacobs. No choice here - sounds like a coronation to me.

At 8/08/2005 7:30 AM, Blogger diehard said...

How long did that take to figure out I'm not intellegent?
The teachers I had in school could have told you that!
I went to public school when the teachers could still hit kids and they couldnt beat any sense into my thick skull then.
But I digress.
Just what picket line are you talking about. Because union members know enough not to cross a picket line even when their kids are getting hungry.
I would assume that a politician would know better.
And Dennis I beg to differ. Joel Brusvold had a D behind his name but his voting record supporting union friendly legislation was pretty mediocre.
So what if you get money back to this area. It's our money in the first place.
You cant play both sides of the fence and have any credibility as a politician ...or a man!

At 8/08/2005 9:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmmmm :)

people need to get out their history books!

the first volley in the Boland v. Jacobs war was not fired by Boland as many believe!

the story according to the Jacob's is that Mike Boland started the fued - but what they don't say is that Denny Jacob's was the first one to endorse a Republican!

Back when Denny was EM Mayor and Boland hadn't been elected to anything yet, Boland decided to take a run at South Moline Township Supervisor (as a Democrat). And then Mayor Denny Jacobs crassed party lines to endorse the Republican Candidate!

that's where the fued started people! go back in the newspapers and read for yourself - like Yogi Berra said - you can look it up!

At 8/08/2005 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

to get back on track - the idea of the prison at thompson was denny jacobs's origiinally. boland jsut resurected it

At 8/08/2005 4:25 PM, Blogger theheadusher said...

So now Denny Jacobs is a Republican too. And so is Joel Brusnvold. And Mike Jacobs. This is starting to sound like a witch hunt! What's next bruning at the stake?

At 8/08/2005 4:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not a matter of who did what, when or why. The long simmering Boland/Jacobs fued is over, now forever the two men are one!

At 8/08/2005 8:11 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Anon - are you saying they are like a two headed snake or what??

At 8/08/2005 8:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 8/08/2005 9:20 PM, Blogger diehard said...

Sounds kind of sexual to me?!
No like a wedding ceremoney.

At 8/09/2005 6:34 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Maybe The Usher would like to be joined at the hip with Mike Jacobs - unless he's really one and the same?

Perhaps Mike Jacobs feels he is kinda like the Holy Trinity or something like a God like creature?

He seems to think he walks on water.

At 8/12/2005 2:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

jealousy is a green eyed monster!


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