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(1) To preserve, protect, expand, and attract new
military missions, assets, and installations to the State
(2) To encourage defense related businesses to expand
or relocate to the State of Illinois.
(3) To identify emerging trends and support the
long-term viability of the military and defense industry in
(4) To assist Illinois communities who have been or
could be impacted by federal Base Realignment and Closure
actions or other military realignments.
(5) 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
(b) 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
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Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Minority
Leader of the House of Representatives. The chair and
of the committee, in consultation with
the full Committee, shall appoint
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.
(c) The Lieutenant Governor shall serve as chair of the
Committee, and the Director of Commerce and Economic
Opportunity shall serve as
vice-chair and shall oversee the
administration of the Committee and its functions.
appointed by the Adjutant General of the Department of Military
Affairs shall also serve as a vice-chair of the Committee.
Expenses necessary to carry out the function of the Committee
shall be shared among the agencies represented on the Committee
pursuant to an interagency agreement and from funds
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appropriated for this purpose or from existing funds within the
budgets of those agencies. General Assembly appointees shall
serve for the duration of the General Assembly in which the
appointee is appointed, but the appointee's term shall expire
if the appointee no longer remains a member of that General
Assembly. The Committee shall meet not less than quarterly.
an excused absence from a committee meeting is requested by an
appointed member, such absence may be granted by the chair of
the Committee. Any appointed member of the Committee who has at
least 2 unexcused absences in a year shall no longer be a
member of the Committee, and his or her replacement shall be
appointed in the same manner as the member being replaced for
the remainder of that member's current term.
(d) Each member of the Committee must request reimbursement
from his or her individual agency for actual and necessary
expenses incurred while performing his or her duties as a
member of the Committee. Public members shall be reimbursed
from funds appropriated to the Department for that purpose.
(e) The Committee shall provide advice and recommendations
to the Department on the following:
(1) The formation of a strategic plan for State and
local military base retention, realignment, and reuse
(2) The issues impacting current and former military
bases in the State, including infrastructure requirements,
environmental impact issues, military force structure
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possibilities, tax implications, property considerations,
and other issues requiring State agency coordination and
(3) The status of community involvement and
participation in retention, realignment, and reuse efforts
and the community support for economic development before
and after a military base closing.
(4) The State's retention, realignment, and reuse
advocacy efforts on the federal level.
(5) The development of impact studies concerning the
closing of a base on the community, housing, the economy,
schools, and other public and private entities, including
additional economic development ideas to minimize the
impact in the event of the base closing.
(6) The development of future economic expansion plans
for areas that are subject to closure or realignment.
(f) The Committee, in cooperation with the Department,
shall keep the Governor and General Assembly informed
concerning the progress of military base retention,
realignment, reuse, and economic development efforts in the
(g) The Committee shall serve as the central information
clearinghouse for all military base reuse, retention, and
realignment activities. This shall include: (i) serving as a
liaison between the State and community organizations that
support the long-term viability of military bases; (ii)