January 15, 2013
GRANITE CITY — Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will hold two public meetings Wednesday at Southwestern Illinois College that focus on military base retention and improving quality of life in rural areas in Illinois.
Simon is chair of the Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee, which coordinates the state's activities and communications relating to current and former military bases in Illinois. The committee is expected to urge new members of Illinois' Congressional delegation to join a federal Defense Communities Caucus that is tasked with working to protect military installations and surrounding communities nationwide.
Simon also is the chairwoman of the Governor's Rural Affairs Council. Council members will hear the latest figures on a grant program designed to increase food stamp purchases at farmers' markets and hear from a working group focused on improving emergency medical response in rural areas.
The military base committee and rural affairs council hold quarterly meetings across the state and selected SWIC for its proximity to Scott Air Force Base.
The interagency military base support meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at SWIC's Sam Wolf Granite City campus, at 4950 Maryville Road in the Wilmsmeyer Room.
The rural affairs council meeting will be held at 2 p.m. in the History Room at the Sam Wolf Granite City campus.