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How state officials feel about the proposal

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Springfield Democrat


U.S. Rep. Bill Foster a Batavia Democrat


U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert, a Hinsdale Republican


U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, a Highland Park Republican


U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean of Barrington


U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, an Evanston Democrat


U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican


State Sen. Mike Jacobs


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Published: 11/14/2009 8:56 PM | Updated: 11/14/2009 8:59 PM

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U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert, a Hinsdale Republican

"These detainees pose a unique threat to America's security. They should be kept away from our shores, and far from America's heartland."

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican

"Terrorists have no place on American soil. Moving the Guantanamo Bay prison to northern Illinois profoundly threatens our safety and security and only dissuades job creators from coming to the area."

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, a Batavia Democrat

"It appears that at least some of those who are most directly affected are in favor of the proposal, primarily due to the high security of the facility and the potential for job creation. I am in the process of collecting all the facts and gathering the opinions of my constituents..."

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, an Evanston Democrat

"In closing 'Gitmo' and moving some detainees to Illinois, we strengthen our national security, create thousands of jobs, and bring long overdue justice to those who have committed atrocities against the United States. Our American criminal justice and penal systems are fully capable of handling these individuals."

U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean, a Barrington Democrat

"I remain opposed to transferring Guantanamo detainees to Illinois, or anywhere in the United States, without substantial assurances regarding potential security threats."

U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo, a Rockford area Republican

"Future job providers and residents would have serious reservations about locating in a region that's home to the world's most dangerous criminals and could be a target for future terrorist activity."

State Sen. Mike Jacobs, an East Moline Democrat whose district covers the prison

"Don't turn this into a political football. I invite Mark Kirk to leave the ivory tower of D.C. and join us down here in western Illinois and take a look at what the situation is before declaring a political battle."

"We all have our duty to serve our country at this point and maybe this will be the way the people of western Illinois can serve the country."