BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – More than 4-thousand civilian workers at the sprawling Scott Air Force Base in Belleville will soon begin taking 20 days of unpaid furloughs.
But what are the chances of Scott staying open after the next round of base closures?
Congressman John Shimkus admits the concern is always there, but there is reason to believe some time will pass before the next Base Realignment and Closures occur.
“There’s not a lot of appetite by elected members of congress both in the house and the senate for another round,” says Rep. Shimkus. “The case has never been the made that is saves money.”
Nevertheless, Shimkus says he and other lawmakers who represent southwestern Illinois will remain “vigilant” to make sure Scott survives another round of base closures, whenever they might happen.
He adds that the Air Force base now has several factors in its favor to avoid the budget axe, like two runways and an international guard unit there that wasn’t there in previous BRACs.