ALTON — In recognition of his commitment to members of the military, State Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton, was reappointed by the leadership in the House of Representatives to serve on the Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee.
“Military bases and their personnel are essential to communities across the state,” Beiser said. “The Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee works to ensure that leaders in Washington know this.”
The committee was created in 2005 in response to national efforts to close military bases. The committee serves as a liaison among military branches, base leadership and state agencies. Additionally, its members study and make recommendations about how Illinois’ bases can be reutilized and improved to provide greater benefit to the military and remain open.
Illinois has three military bases, including Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County. The commission receives quarterly updates from these bases and smaller military installations throughout the state. With these updates, committee members are gathering information to help protect military facilities from closing.
“Families, businesses and communities depend on Scott Air Force Base as an economic engine for the region,” Beiser said. “Across the state, military bases provide nearly $4 billion to the state’s economy. I look forward to continuing to work with other members of this committee to promote and protect valuable assets in our state.”
For information, contact Beiser’s constituent service office at (618) 465-5900.