A C-9 Nightingale, C-21A and C-12F Huron of Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base.
SPRINGFIELD — A report indicates military bases in Illinois directly or indirectly pump $13.3 billion into the state’s economy and support nearly 150,000 jobs.
The Illinois Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon’s office, the Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies, local chambers and private businesses, initiated this study.
The study looks at the economic impact of the state’s three active military installations: Scott Air Force Base near Belleville, the Rock Island Arsenal in the Quad Cities, and the Naval Station Great Lakes.
In addition, $9.6 billion of military and defense spending is for income for Illinois residents.
The study findings were shared at a press conference at Eckert’s Country Store and Farm in Belleville, Ill., a popular destination for the military families affiliated with nearby Scott Air Force Base. The findings reveal that Scott AFB remains a vital economic engine for the St. Louis region, which for the purposes of this study included the 12th congressional district in Illinois, as well as several counties on the Missouri side of the Bi-State area.
Across this region, the operations of Scott AFB and related economic activity supported an estimated 40,339 jobs. The economic activity generated more than $4 billion in regional gross domestic product. These numbers indicate that Scott AFB’s regional economic impact has continued to grow since the last comprehensive study was completed just three years ago.
The study includes an overview of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing each of the active military installations in Illinois. For Scott AFB, the strengths are numerous, and include robust community support, quality of life, local leadership adapting and developing new opportunities for public-public, public-private partnership, unconstrained military operations and new cybersecurity squadrons coming to the base.
Numbers from this report will be used if the state faces spending cuts by the DoD or by another BRAC (base alignment and closure).
The report is available at https://www2.illinois.gov/ltgov/Documents/CGS%20Military%20Impacts%20Final.pdf.