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Federal judge dismisses suit to stop
Illinois base closure
The Associated Press
September 6, 2005
A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed Gov. Rod
Blagojevich's lawsuit aimed at stopping the
military from moving fighter jets from Illinois to
Judge Jeanne Scott ruled that Illinois had
suffered no economic loss or breakdown in
security because a federal commission's
recommendation to move 15 F-16s to a base in
Fort Wayne, Ind., is not final.
In a statement, Blagojevich said that the "battle
to do what is right for Illinois and our country is
certainly not over." But a spokesman said aides
had not yet decided on the next step.
The Democratic governor argued that the 183rd
Fighter Wing could not be relocated without his
permission because it is part of the state militia
He asked the judge to issue a temporary
restraining order to keep the Base Closure and
Realignment Commission from sending its
report to President Bush. The report is due by
A Defense Department spokesman declined
comment on the ruling, which runs counter to
federal court decrees in other states.
In Connecticut, a judge issued a temporary
restraining order and scheduled a hearing on a
recommendation to move or retire planes from a
fighter wing there.
And in Pennsylvania, a judge agreed with the
governor that the military needs his permission
to dissolve an Air Guard division.
On Wednesday, Massachusetts officials are
planning to sue Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld and the federal base closing
commission in a last-ditch effort to keep Otis
Air National Guard base open.
Lobby Shops Look To Build On Success
In Latest BRAC Round
September 6, 2005
The Hill (9/6, Tiron) reports in its "Business and
Lobbying" column, "Some high-powered
Washington lobbying shops are banking on their
freshly collected laurels to get even more
business from the communities that hired them
to get military bases off the Pentagon's chopping
block. As the independent Base Closure and
Realignment (BRAC) Commission is getting
ready to send its final deliberations to President
Bush on Sept. 8, lobbyists are monitoring the
BRAC process here in Washington while
corralling communities to extend their contracts.
... Among Washington lobbying shops scoring
large victories for their clients are the Rhoads
Group and Kutak Rock LLP, which represented
Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota; the
Washington Group, which defended the Naval
Submarine Base New London in Connecticut;
Patton Boggs, which represented the Portsmouth
Naval Shipyard in Maine; Akin Gump, which
worked for the states of New York, Kansas,
Maryland and Arkansas; and Spectrum Group,
which represented the state of Louisiana and a
large Defense Finance and Accounting Service
center in Cleveland. ... While several lobbying
shops contacted by The Hill said that they did
not receive so-called "success fees" for their
work on BRAC, Keith Ashdown with Taxpayers
for Common Sense said that it is possible for
these firms to have an understanding with the
communities to be retained for several more
Targeted Bases Unlikely to Stay Open
The Associated Press
September 07, 2005
WASHINGTON - The military base closings
that the Pentagon and a commission have
recommended are likely to be approved by
President Bush and Congress, leaving
BRAC Commission Early Bird
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