The next time the federal government decides to close military bases, states hope they’ll close somewhere else – not in their own backyard.
Recalling the fallout from the closure of Chanute Air Force Base near Rantoul and the anxiety over the future of Springfield-based planes, State Rep. Tim Butler (R-Springfield) says he is happy to serve on a committee trying to protect Illinois' assets while diverting the pain to some other state.
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“These are installations that we have needed to downsize from the height of the Cold War,” says Butler, noting he came of age after Vietnam and before 9/11.
The lieutenant governor chairs the Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee.