Washington, DC – Illinois Congressman Jerry Costello says he and other elected Illinois officials are working on a plan to help Scott Air Force Base, by asking the Pentagon to consider leasing or buying C-40 aircraft from Boeing to replace ten C-9s at Scott Air Force Base slated for retirement.
Congress last week took its first of many steps in funding the military for the next year.
There are still month's of negotiations to go before defense spending is set, but one mission at Scott Air Force Base is already on the chopping block. President Bush has proposed cutting all funding for the medial evacuation plane called the C-9.
Edwardsville, Ill. – Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville is trying again to build a nine-hole golf course on its campus.
The school made a similar attempt in the 1980s; now officials say the growing number of students on campus increases the need for more recreational opportunities.
But five other golf courses in the Edwardsville area are unhappy about possible competition from a university. Another group opposed is one of radio-controlled airplane operators, who would lose their airfield if the course is built.