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1    AN ACT concerning State government.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Department of Commerce and Economic
5Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois is
6amended by changing Section 605-215 as follows:
7    (20 ILCS 605/605-215)
8    Sec. 605-215. Interagency Military Base Support and
9Economic Development Committee.
10    (a) To coordinate the State's activities on and to act as a
11communications center for issues relating to current and former
12military bases in the State, the Interagency Military Base
13Support and Economic Development Committee is created as an
14entity within the Office of the Lieutenant Governor:
16        (1) To preserve, protect, expand, and attract new
17    military missions, assets, and installations to the State
18    of Illinois.
19        (2) To encourage defense related businesses to expand
20    or relocate to the State of Illinois.
21        (3) To identify emerging trends and support the
22    long-term viability of the military and defense industry in
23    Illinois.



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1        (4) To assist Illinois communities who have been or
2    could be impacted by Federal Base Realignment and Closure
3    actions or other military realignments.
4        (5) To be an information clearinghouse by providing
5    military installation information and recommendations to
6    enhance the military value of Illinois defense
7    installations to the Governor, General Assembly,
8    congressional delegation, and State and Federal Government
9    officials.
10    (b) The Committee shall be composed of the following 7 ex
11officio members or their designees: the Lieutenant Governor,
12the Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the
13Secretary of Transportation, the Director of Natural
14Resources, the Director of the Environmental Protection
15Agency, the Director of Revenue, and the Adjutant General of
16the Department of Military Affairs. In addition, 4 members of
17the General Assembly shall be appointed, one each appointed by
18the President of the Senate, the Senate Minority Leader, the
19Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Minority
20Leader of the House of Representatives. The chair and
21vice-chairs vice-chair of the committee, in consultation with
22the full Committee, shall appoint 10 8 public members to serve
23as representatives from the counties, or adjoining counties, of
24a current or former military base site as necessary to carry
25out the work of the Commission. The chair and vice-chairs of
26the Committee, in consultation with the other members of the



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1Committee, shall also appoint up to 4 members having military
2veteran or defense industry backgrounds from across the State
3of Illinois. Additionally, the Adjutant General of the
4Department of Military Affairs shall also appoint one member
5who is a military veteran. Public member appointees and
6military veteran or defense industry appointees shall serve
74-year terms; however, for the initial terms of those members,
8half of them shall be appointed for terms of 2 years as the
9Lieutenant Governor shall determine.
10    (c) The Lieutenant Governor shall serve as chair of the
11Committee, and the Director of Commerce and Economic
12Opportunity shall serve as a vice-chair and shall oversee the
13administration of the Committee and its functions. The person
14appointed by the Adjutant General of the Department of Military
15Affairs shall also serve as a vice-chair of the Committee.
16Expenses necessary to carry out the function of the Committee
17shall be shared among the agencies represented on the Committee
18pursuant to an interagency agreement and from funds
19appropriated for this purpose or from existing funds within the
20budgets of those agencies. General Assembly appointees shall
21serve for the duration of the General Assembly in which the
22appointee is appointed, but the appointee's term shall expire
23if the appointee no longer remains a member of that General
24Assembly. The Committee shall meet not less than quarterly. If
25an excused absence from a committee meeting is requested by an
26appointed member, such absence may be granted by the chair of



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1the Committee. Any appointed member of the Committee who has at
2least 2 unexcused absences in a year shall no longer be a
3member of the Committee, and his or her replacement shall be
4appointed in the same manner as the member being replaced for
5the remainder of that member's current term.
6    (d) Each member of the Committee must request reimbursement
7from his or her individual agency for actual and necessary
8expenses incurred while performing his or her duties as a
9member of the Committee. Public members shall be reimbursed
10from funds appropriated to the Department for that purpose.
11    (e) The Committee shall provide advice and recommendations
12to the Department on the following:
13        (1) The formation of a strategic plan for State and
14    local military base retention, realignment, and reuse
15    efforts.
16        (2) The issues impacting current and former military
17    bases in the State, including infrastructure requirements,
18    environmental impact issues, military force structure
19    possibilities, tax implications, property considerations,
20    and other issues requiring State agency coordination and
21    support.
22        (3) The status of community involvement and
23    participation in retention, realignment, and reuse efforts
24    and the community support for economic development before
25    and after a military base closing.
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1    advocacy efforts on the federal level.
2        (5) The development of impact studies concerning the
3    closing of a base on the community, housing, the economy,
4    schools, and other public and private entities, including
5    additional economic development ideas to minimize the
6    impact in the event of the base closing.
7        (6) The development of future economic expansion plans
8    for areas that are subject to closure or realignment.
9    (f) The Committee, in cooperation with the Department,
10shall keep the Governor and General Assembly informed
11concerning the progress of military base retention,
12realignment, reuse, and economic development efforts in the
14    (g) The Committee shall serve as the central information
15clearinghouse for all military base reuse, retention, and
16realignment activities. This shall include: (i) serving as a
17liaison between the State and community organizations that
18support the long-term viability of military bases; (ii)
19communicating with the State's congressional delegation; and
20(iii) generally coordinating with the public, governmental
21bodies, and officials in communicating about the future of
22military bases in the State.
23(Source: P.A. 94-674, eff. 8-23-05.)