Illinois’ military bases are important to our national security and our state economy—contributing $4 billion annually. These installations often serve as an economic anchor for the communities in which they reside. They provide a vital source of jobs, and cuts often have a significant impact on these areas. Lt. Governor Simon is committed to protecting the state’s military operations, installations, and the families of those who selflessly serve our state and country.
The results of the first Illinois Military Base and Defense Industry Assets Economic Impact Study is complete. View the full report here.
Defense & Local Community Listening Posts
Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is proud to host Defense & Local Community Listening Posts near the state’s three largest military communities in partnership with the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University. Simon is inviting local residents, military families, employers, employees, community leaders and others to join her to discuss the challenges and opportunities for federal, state and local coordination in their region.
Are you an active duty service member, veteran, military spouse, business owner, local employee, elected official, school administrator, healthcare professional or retiree? Do you live in or near a defense community?
We want to hear from you! Click here for more information and times.
Military Base Committee
Lt. Governor Simon serves as the Chairman of the Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee (IMBSEDC), which coordinates the state’s activities and communications relating to current and former military bases in Illinois. The committee was established in 2005 in response to U.S. Department of Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) orders to close and realign military bases nationwide. The Committee serves as a point of communication between military branches, base leadership, State agencies, and defense communities. It also provides advice and recommendations for base retention, realignment and reuse efforts.
The committee includes four members of the General Assembly and up to eight members of the public from counties that contain or adjoin current or former military bases. The following state agencies are also represented: Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Environmental Protection, Military Affairs, Natural Resources, Revenue, and Transportation. The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, Illinois National Guard, and major active and inactive bases have been highly involved with the Committee since its inception.
After visiting the Rock Island Arsenal and former Joliet Arsenal in May 2011, Lt. Governor Simon invited members of the congressional delegation from across Illinois to join the new U.S. House Defense Communities Caucus – a unified, bipartisan group that voices support and concern for active, closed or closing military installations. The Congressional Caucus aims to help facilitate cooperation among private, public and military sectors to create jobs and save federal tax dollars.
Meeting Notices, Agendas and Minutes
IMBSEDC meetings are held in the Lt. Governor's Chicago and Springfield offices via videoconference.
IMBSEDC meetings are currently scheduled for 2014 on January 15 at 1 p.m., April 16 at 10 a.m., July 16 at 10 a.m. and Nov. 20 at 10 a.m.