|Public Act 094-0674
AN ACT concerning State government.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Department of Commerce and Economic
Opportunity Law of the
Civil Administrative Code of Illinois is
amended by adding Section 605-215 as follows:
(20 ILCS 605/605-215 new)
Interagency Military Base Support and
Economic Development Committee.
(a) To coordinate the State's activities on and to act as a
communications center for issues relating to current and former
military bases in the State, the Interagency Military Base
Support and Economic Development Committee is created as an
entity within the Department.
(b) The Committee shall be composed of the following 7 ex
officio members or their designees: the Lieutenant Governor,
the Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the
Secretary of Transportation, the Director of Natural
Resources, the Director of the Environmental Protection
Agency, the Director of Revenue, and the Adjutant General of
the Department of Military Affairs. In addition, 4 members of
the General Assembly shall be appointed, one each appointed by
the President of the Senate, the Senate Minority Leader, the
Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Minority
Leader of the House of Representatives. The chair and
vice-chair of the committee, in consultation with the full
Committee, shall appoint 8 public members to serve as
representatives from the counties, or adjoining counties, of a
current or former military base site as necessary to carry out
the work of the Commission.
(c) The Lieutenant Governor shall serve as chair of the
Committee, and the Director of Commerce and Economic
Opportunity shall serve as vice-chair and shall oversee the
administration of the Committee and its functions. Expenses
necessary to carry out the function of the Committee shall be
shared among the agencies represented on the Committee pursuant
to an interagency agreement and from funds appropriated for
this purpose or from existing funds within the budgets of those
agencies. General Assembly appointees shall serve for the
duration of the General Assembly in which the appointee is
appointed, but the appointee's term shall expire if the
appointee no longer remains a member of that General Assembly.
The Committee shall meet not less than quarterly.
(d) Each member of the Committee must request reimbursement
from his or her individual agency for actual and necessary
expenses incurred while performing his or her duties as a
member of the Committee. Public members shall be reimbursed
from funds appropriated to the Department for that purpose.
(e) The Committee shall provide advice and recommendations
to the Department on the following:
(1) The formation of a strategic plan for State and
local military base retention, realignment, and reuse
(2) The issues impacting current and former military
bases in the State, including infrastructure requirements,
environmental impact issues, military force structure
possibilities, tax implications, property considerations,
and other issues requiring State agency coordination and
(3) The status of community involvement and
participation in retention, realignment, and reuse efforts
and the community support for economic development before
and after a military base closing.
(4) The State's retention, realignment, and reuse
advocacy efforts on the federal level.
(5) The development of impact studies concerning the
closing of a base on the community, housing, the economy,
schools, and other public and private entities, including
additional economic development ideas to minimize the
impact in the event of the base closing.
(6) The development of future economic expansion plans
for areas that are subject to closure or realignment.
(f) The Committee, in cooperation with the Department,
shall keep the Governor and General Assembly informed
concerning the progress of military base retention,
realignment, reuse, and economic development efforts in the
(g) The Committee shall serve as the central information
clearinghouse for all military base reuse, retention, and
realignment activities. This shall include: (i) serving as a
liaison between the State and community organizations that
support the long-term viability of military bases; (ii)
communicating with the State's congressional delegation; and
(iii) generally coordinating with the public, governmental
bodies, and officials in communicating about the future of
military bases in the State.
This Act takes effect upon