DEKALB - Northern Illinois University will conduct an economic study the state says should help keep active military bases in Illinois open.
The final report is due in October. NIU's Center for Governmental Studies will lead the study.
"This study will provide the information we need to retain our military bases, promote our great facilities and encourage Illinois job growth" says Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon.
Data collected by NIU will be analyzed by Congressional, state, and business leaders. Simon says the results will protect those bases from federal defense spending cuts, forced reallocations, and base realignment or closure.