IAR joins fight to save Scott Air Force Base; donates $100,000

The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is joining the battle in a big way to help keep Scott Air Force Base open in Southern Illinois.

The association donated $100,000 toward efforts to preserve the base, which could be targeted as part of a Base Realignment and Closure process. The REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois and the Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS® have donated $50,000 each toward toward keeping the base open.

Under BRAC, a commission reviews military bases and can make recommendations for consolidations and closures. Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul was closed in 1993 as part of a BRAC review. In all, more than 350 military installations have been closed through the BRAC review process.

Scott AFB generates $3.2 billion of revenue for the region, and keeping the base open is a key issue for REALTORS® and others in the area.

Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois has raise $1.37 million toward a $3.2 million goal that will be used to persuade officials to keep the base open.

 

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About Jon Broadbooks

Jon Broadbooks is Director of Communications for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. He supervises and carries out the implementation of the communications programs for the Association. He directs and supervises the Communications staff. He is responsible for coordinating and implementing the public relations and media relations efforts for the Association and acts as spokesperson and liaison to the statewide news media. He serves as editor of online and print content for IAR communications including the Illinois REALTOR® magazine and e-newsletters. He conducts IAR spokesperson training seminars and oversees the operation of website development for the Association.

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