Thank you for your interest in Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon's Defense and Local Community Listening Post for Northwest Illinois and Rock Island Arsenal.

This listening post is scheduled for Friday, May 31st at 1 pm, at the Quad Cities' Riverfront Campus of Western Illinois College. This listening post should take two hours and will be located at 3300 Riverfront Drive, Moline, IL in rooms 103/104. Parking will be on the east side of the building as well as across the street from the building on Ben Butterworth Parkway. Signs will be posted to help direct attendees to the meeting rooms.

Participants will be asked to answer survey questions regarding current issues facing their community. These questions will cover many issues from what is affecting quality of life and business climate to the greatest needs in infrastructure and education. In addition, participants will be asked to participate in small group discussions.

Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is proud to be hosting Defense and Local Community Listening Posts near the state’s three largest military communities in the coming months. These Listening Posts will give residents, military families, employers, elected officials and others an opportunity to voice challenges and opportunities in their region. Lieutenant Governor Simon will share responses from these events with the State’s Interagency Military Base Support and Economic Development Committee (IMBSEDC). Established by state law, the Lieutenant Governor chairs the IMBSEDC with the director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity as the vice-chair. The IMBSEDC is charged with acting as a communications clearing house for issues affecting defense and local communities as well as base retention and reutilization.

Our bases contribute immeasurably to our nation’s security and they generate jobs that support many Illinois families. We recognize that the communities near to military bases often face unique challenges not present in other areas of the state. The goal of these listening posts is for Lieutenant Governor Simon to hear from local communities and military families about the status of community involvement with the local installations and how the community and military bases are working together to promote retention and better quality of life for the community.