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Title:Military Economic Development Committee
Function:To preserve, protect, expand, and attract new military missions, assets, and installations to the State of Illinois. To encourage defense related businesses to expand or relocate to the State of Illinois. To identify emerging trends and support the long-term viability of the military and defense industry in Illinois. To assist Illinois communities who have been or could be impacted by Federal Base Realignment and Closure actions or other military realignments. To be an information clearinghouse by providing military installation information and recommendations to enhance the military value of Illinois defense installations to the Governor, General Assembly, congressional delegation, and State and Federal Government officials.
Senate Confirmation:No
Compensation:Expenses
Composition:The Committee shall be composed of the following 7 ex officio members or their designees: the Lieutenant Governor, the Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Secretary of Transportation, the Director of Natural Resources, the Director of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Director of Revenue, and the Adjutant General of the Department of Military Affairs. In addition, 4 members of the General Assembly shall be appointed, one each appointed by the President of the Senate, the Senate Minority Leader, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives. The chair and vice-chairs of the committee, in consultation with the full Committee, shall appoint 10 public members to serve as representatives from the counties, or adjoining counties, of a current or former military base site as necessary to carry out the work of the Commission. The chair and vice-chairs of the Committee, in consultation with the other members of the Committee, shall also appoint up to 4 members having military veteran or defense industry backgrounds from across the State of Illinois. Additionally, the Adjutant General of the Department of Military Affairs shall also appoint one member who is a military veteran. Public member appointees and military veteran or defense industry appointees shall serve 4-year terms; however, for the initial terms of those members, half of them shall be appointed for terms of 2 years as the Lieutenant Governor shall determine.

 Member Names

Name (Last, First)Term ExpiresMember SinceAffiliationAppointed ByPositionTitleCounty
Butler, Rep. Tim2/28/2019House Minority LeaderMemberRepresentative
Schimpf, Sen. Paul1/28/2019Senate Minority LeaderMemberRepresentative
Stratton, Lt. Governor JulianaEx-officio - Lieutenant GovernorChairLt. Governor