MASCOUTAH, Ill. (KMOX) — A lot of powerful Illinoisans are holding a briefing for National Geospatial Intelligence Agency officials in Mascoutah Friday afternoon, hoping to further convince them a site near Scott Air Force base is the best choice for the agency’s new western headquarters.

St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern is attending, noting the county is in the “home stretch” of this 18 month process.

“Senator Durbin, Senator Kirk, along with the governor will be at [MidAmerica] Airport, we’ll mostly be addressing new items, final things that we believe will make a difference,” Kern told KMOX.

The meeting will come a day after the St. Louis Business Journal reported the Department of Defense’s 2017 budget includes a request to acquire land that matches the Mascoutah site, which the city of St. Louis calls a “placeholder.”

The briefing will be held before a scheduled 2:00 news conference.

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