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Join the discussion: Lt. Gov. will host 'listening post' on future of Scott 


Belleville News-Democrat
May 14, 2013
By Mike Fitzgerald

BELLEVILLE — The deadline for members of the public to register for a forum on the future of Scott Air Force Base and its quality of life issues is 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon.

The event, called a listening post, is "an opportunity for all community members, businesses and Scott Air Force Base families to speak out about economic challenges and opportunities within this unique region," Simon said in a release.

The forum is set to take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, at Southwestern Illinois College, the Liberal Arts Complex, rooms 2311 and 2313, 2500 Carlyle Ave.The forum is sponsored by the Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee, a group chaired by Simon.

To register, access Simon's office website at

Forum participants will take a brief survey and then discuss issues pertaining to business climate, education, workforce training and quality of life. Simon will present feedback from the listening posts to the development committee. The panel coordinates the state's activities and communications relating to current and former military bases in Illinois, and provides advice and recommendations for base retention, realignment and reuse.

Feedback from the meetings helped shape the Vision for Rural Illinois, a strategic plan that helped guide Simon's work in expanding access to local food and strengthening emergency medical services in rural Illinois.