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A fifth round of cuts was authorized last year because the military was determined to have more
base capacity than it needed with its remaining 425 major installations.
Bases on the final list will have about six years to close. Active military will likely be transferred,
and civilians will be offered other civil-service jobs or help in finding them.
A look at Illinois bases on the Pentagon's list
WASHINGTON These are the Illinois bases on a list of military facilities the Defense
Department recommended for closure today:
BASES BEING REALIGNED:
Capital Airport Air Guard Station: Loses 52 military jobs and 133 civilian jobs. Gains 22 military
postings. Total loss: 163.
Naval Station Great Lakes: Loses 2,005 military jobs, 124 civilian jobs and 10 contractors. Gains
16 military postings and 101 civilian jobs. Total loss: 2,022.
Rock Island Arsenal: Loses 3 military postings and 1,537 civilian jobs. Gains 157 military
postings and 120 civilian jobs. Total loss: 1,263.
Fort Sheridan: Loses 17 military jobs and 17 civilian jobs. Total loss: 34.
BASES GETTING ADDITIONAL POSITIONS:
Greater Peoria Region: Loses no jobs. Gains 13 military and 21 civilian jobs. Total gain: 34.
Scott Air Force Base: Loses 252 military jobs. Gains 131 military positions, 832 civilian jobs and
86 contractor postings. Total gain: 797.
BASES BEING CLOSED:
Armed Forces Reserve Center, Carbondale: Loses 32 military jobs. Total loss: 32.
Navy Reserve Center, Forest Park: Loses 15 military jobs. Total loss: 15.
Gov. Blagojevich Vows To Fight For Great Lakes Naval Training Center And Do
Everything Possible To Save Any Jobs In Jeopardy
Office of the Governor-Illinois
May 13, 2005
CHICAGO - Responding immediately to the U.S. Department of Defense's decision to place the
Great Lakes Naval Training Center on its list of military installations recommended for closure or
realignment, Gov. Rod Blagojevich expressed his deep disappointment with the Defense
Department's recommendation to eliminate some 2,000 jobs from Great lakes, the only Naval
training center in the country, and vowed to keep vigorously fighting to save the station. The
Governor has been leading a coordinated effort for more than two years with the Illinois
Congressional Delegation, other elected officials and local leaders to prevent Illinois' military
installations from ending up on the Defense Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) list that will
be announced in September.
"While I'm deeply disappointed with the Defense Department's recommendation for the Great
Lakes Naval Training Center, these dedicated workers and the entire community can rest assured
that this battle is not over. Great Lakes is home to the U.S. Navy's only Recruit Training
Command and is the Navy's largest training center. For more than 80 years, Great Lakes has been
turning civilians into seamen and seamen into sailors, and continues to play a critical role today in
our nation's preparedness and security. Thanks to the efforts of the State, the Congressional
Delegation and the local community, we have a very strong argument that the Great Lakes
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