Governor: Technology Key in Fate of Illinois Bases

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The governor says Pentagon officials know all bases are important to local economies, but he says the Defense Department wants to upgrade its fighter jets and that could doom units with older model jets, including the 183rd Air National Guard Fighter Wing in Springfield.

Blagojevich says the Illinois delegation is trying to convince the Pentagon that the state's bases and aircraft can be retrofitted to meet modern military needs.

The base closure and realignment list comes out Friday.

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