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Founded in 2005, the Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee coordinates the State’s activities on and to act as a communication center for issues relating to current and former military bases in the State of Illinois.

The military and the defense industry directly and indirectly contribute nearly 150,000 jobs and $13.3 billion in economic activity across Illinois, as of 2013. It represents nearly 2 percent of the state’s gross domestic product.

The economic impact is the greatest in the areas surrounding our three active military base installations.

  1. Scott Air Force Base near Belleville, IL
  2. Rock Island Arsenal near Rock Island, IL
  3. Naval Station Great Lakes near North Chicago, IL

These three military bases accounted for almost 85,000 jobs and $9.1 billion in economic activity in Illinois as of 2013.

The Lt. Governor serves as chairman of Illinois’ Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee and is an advocate for the state’s military bases and their surrounding communities.

For further reading on economic development related to the defense industry in Illinois, please read the following study commissioned by The Office of the Lieutenant Governor in 2014.

FINAL State Military Impacts Report 11-20-14 (3).pdfIllinois Military Base and Defense Industry Assets Economic  Impact Study: State and Regional Analysis