Simon to visit Naval Station Great Lakes; will hold Defense Community Listening Post PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Annie Thompson   
Thursday, 01 August 2013 14:06

NORTH CHICAGO – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will hold the third and final Defense and Local Community Listening Post in North Chicago. Simon will meet with area residents, especially military families, civilian Department of Defense employees, veterans, employers and educators.

“Defense communities face unique challenges related to economic development and education,” said Simon. “These listening posts are helping us gather feedback from residents so that we can make Illinois’ defense communities even better places to live and work.”

Participants will take a brief survey and then discuss issues pertaining to business climate, education, workforce training and quality of life. Simon will present feedback from the listening posts to the Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee (IMBSEDC), which she chairs. The IMBSEDC coordinates the state’s activities and communications relating to current and former military bases in Illinois, and provides advice and recommendations for base retention, realignment and reuse.

Prior to the listening post, Simon will congratulate graduates at the Naval Station Great Lakes. Simon will address more than 960 graduates and their families at the state’s largest military installation. Naval Station Great Lakes is also the Navy’s largest training station, where 38,000 men and women complete training at the Navy’s only Recruit Training Command to become enlisted sailors. The station is also home to the Navy’s technical training schools for surface warfare, which are attended by more than 13,000 students each year. For security reasons, the graduation is closed press.

Simon has held listening posts near the state’s three largest military installations in partnership with the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) at Western Illinois University. Simon and the IIRA held similar listening posts last year in rural communities to survey residents about quality of life issues. Feedback from the meetings helped shape the Vision for Rural Illinois, a strategic plan that helped guide Simon’s work in expanding access to local food and strengthening emergency medical services in rural Illinois.

Friday, Aug. 2


EVENT: Naval Station Great Lakes Listening Post

TIME: 1 p.m.

DATE: Friday, Aug. 2

LOCATION: North Chicago Community High School, 1717 17th Street, North Chicago

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