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Some nearby merchants in North Chicago say business has been declining anyway since Great
Lakes began restricting access to and from the base after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
"Everything gets more and more empty, and everything hurts," said Martin Muller, a bartender at
The Anchor Lounge.
The Rock Island Arsenal, located on a nearly 950-acre island in the Mississippi River, is losing
jobs in a realignment of its mission. Arsenal spokeswoman Louise Paradis declined to comment
immediately on the department's proposal or share details of the changes.
The arsenal currently is home to the Army's only metal manufacturing facility and foundry,
producing howitzers and other weapons systems, along with equipment such as armor kits for
The arsenal has more than 6,400 employees, the second-largest employer in the Quad Cities
behind Deere & Co. The base supports about 12,000 additional jobs in the region and pumps an
estimated $1.1 billion into the area's economy every year.
In Springfield, the Air National Guard's 183rd Fighter Wing has about 355 full-time employees,
more than 1,100 part-time workers and pumps $44.6 million a year into the area's economy.
"They pretty much neutered the base there," said Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Ill. "Some big decisions
are going to have to be made if this recommendation stands."
In the Chicago area, the Navy Reserve Center Forest Park is scheduled to close, costing 15
military jobs, and the 34 workers remaining at the shuttered Fort Sheridan also will lose their
The Pentagon's plan also would shutter two reserve centers in southern Illinois, in Cairo and
Marion, with a combined 32 military employees. Those positions would be moved to a new
facility planned in nearby Carbondale that also would serve as the headquarters for Carbondale's
National Guard unit, currently deployed in Iraq.
The new center would be build within five years, replacing Carbondale's three-employee armory,
Carbondale Mayor Brad Cole said.
"It's a consolidation, which is what the plan is supposed to do, and it's positive for Carbondale,"
The Peoria Air National Guard base, located at the Greater Peoria Regional Airport, employs
about 350 people full-time and more than 900 part-time. New facilities were built for the home of
the 182nd Airlift Wing unit in the last decade, and new aircraft were added this year.
The Peoria unit has flown regular missions in Iraq, along with missions for homeland defense and
in southwest Asia, moving soldiers and cargo. LaHood's office estimated the base's economic
impact on the area at $45.5 million a year.
The Pentagon has closed 97 major installations since 1988, including four in Illinois -- Fort
Sheridan, Chanute Air Force Base, Glenview Naval Air Station and the Savanna Army Depot.
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United States. Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission. RH3 Media Hearing Book - June 20, 2005 St Louis, MO, legal document, November 4, 2005; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc24404/m1/40/: accessed May 25, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.