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Lt. Governor Simon announces comprehensive military study 

CHICAGO - March 21, 2014. Working in partnership with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today announced that the Northern Illinois University’s Center for Governmental Studies (CGS) will conduct a comprehensive economic impact analysis of active military bases in Illinois.

“This study will provide the information we need to retain our military bases, promote our great facilities and encourage Illinois job growth,” said Simon, chair of the Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee. “I am pleased to partner with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Foundation to protect our military assets and grow our defense industry.”

NIU researchers will calculate the economic impact of the state’s military installations and provide the data needed for Congressional, state and business leaders to protect Illinois’ military economy at a time of federal defense spending cuts, forced reallocations and base realignment or closure. The final report is due in October.

“We’re excited to take the next step in this process. CGS has a diverse portfolio of economic research that we know will help us understand the economic impact of our defense installations and defense industry on our economy,” said Benjamin Brockschmidt, director of federal affairs with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

Founded in 1969, CGS is a public policy unit at Northern Illinois University that assembles interdisciplinary teams from its own professional staff and across the university to work with government at all levels, non-profit organizations, school districts, community colleges, park districts, library districts, land conservation districts, land developers, health care agencies, and utilities.

As chair of the IMBSEDC, Simon helps coordinate the state’s activities and communications relating to current and former military bases in Illinois. Simon is committed to protecting the state’s military operations, installations, and the families of those who selflessly serve our state and country. More information on the RFP can be found here.