Quinn: Thomson Will Be "Super Super Max"

"We're not afraid of anybody or anything," Quinn said

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    Pat Quinn isn't scared of anyone.

    Governor Pat Quinn is hoping to put any lingering fears about the proposed federal prison at Thomson to rest.

    "Its going to be a Super Super Max," Quinn said Thursday.

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    The latest statements come after Quinn said that the people of Illinois aren't intimidated by the prospect of holding terrorism suspects at a prison here.

    "We're not afraid of anybody or anything," he said at a news conference. "I believe the people of our country and our state can handle any challenge whatsoever."

    One of those changes that had people scared is going to happen. The government will build courtrooms at the Thomson facility to hold military tribunals there.

    Quinn said a federal decision to try some of the detainees at the prison in Thomson actually improves security. Holding trials within prison walls means the suspects won't be coming and going, he said, and that reduces the possibility of a security breach.

    He did call it a "major challenge" for Illinois to accept the prisoners under a plan to sell an unused prison in northwestern Illinois to the federal government. Quinn said it's possible the state will get additional federal security money or assistance.