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A Special Section On Scott Air Force Base

Local Scott enhancement efforts undermined by state budget standoff

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    The success that Southwestern Illinois has enjoyed in protecting Scott Air Force Base and expanding its missions and facilities has attracted the envy of other communities and other states, according to former U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello.    “When I announced my retirement from Congress,” Costello said, “I received phone calls immediately asking…

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Woolpert, Scott AFB worked together to provide support for key tenants

    Scott Air Force Base, celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2017, is not only a major player in the global efforts of the U.S. Air Force, but it has forged a strong and prosperous relationship with the surrounding communities.    Older than the Air Force itself, which turns 70 this year, Scott AFB began as Scott…

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HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital continues collaboration to train military, civilian physicians

    Diagonally across the street from HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville is a 25,000-square-foot facility where St. Elizabeth’s Hospital partners with three other health-care organizations to train some of the best and brightest medical graduates during their journey to becoming family physicians.     There are two clinics, Belleville Family Health Center and Scott Air…

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Scott Air Force Base’s economic impact is $4 billion and growing

By ALAN J. ORTBALS    The economic activity generated by Scott Air Force Base exceeds $4 billion annually, according to a study released by the Office of the Illinois Lieutenant Governor in November 2014.    The report, Illinois Military Base and Defense Industry Assets Economic Impact Study: State and Regional Analyses, was conducted by the Center for…

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