THOMSON, Ill. (AP) — Thomson Correctional Center in northwest Illinois could see inmates move in next month as hiring ramps up for the federal prison.

The (Dixon) Telegraph reports hiring is being done in phases, with 300 employees coming in during the first round.

More than 1,000 people are expected to be employed by the prison when it's fully open. The warden was named in August, and a job fair was held in September.

Thomson Correctional Center was built by the state in 2001, but it didn't open fully due to budget troubles. The last state inmates moved out in 2010, and the federal government bought it for $165 million in 2012.

The prison was at one point under consideration by the Obama administration as a new site for inmates from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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