Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon on Wednesday announced the start of a comprehensive economic impact analysis of Illinois military bases.
Announced during the quarterly meeting of the state Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee, the study is set to be finished by October.
"We need the best information available to retain our military economy and grow the direct and indirect jobs it creates," Simon said.
The study will calculate the economic impact of Illinois's military bases and provide the data for congressional, state and business leaders to protect Illinois' military economy during an era of federal budget cuts. Bidding for the project will be begin soon, according to Simon.
Scott Air Force Base, in Mascoutah, provides jobs to 13,000 active duty, reserve and civilian employees. It is the metropolitan St. Louis region's largest employer, with an estimate annual economic impact exceeding $3 billion.