News

New 183rd Facility Officially Opened

New 183rd Facility Officially Opened

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

Just a few short years after it appeared the 183rd Fighter Wing would be completely closed down, the ribbon was cut on a state-of-the-art communications facility Friday that will provide high-tech cyber-communications for the US Air Force.

Mayor Mike Houston says the base’s national security mission also means a measure of economic security to the city.

“The 183rd is an economic engine for our community and for the central Illinois region in terms of the number of full-time employees and members of the National Guard” says Houston

Houston was joined by Sen. Dick Durbin and US Representatives Aaron Schock and Rodney Davis.  Lt. Governor Sheila Simon and State Representative Rick Brauer also took place in the ribbon-cutting.The Air Force recently completed 24-million dollars in upgrades and contruction at the base.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Illinois Supremes Back “Home”

illinois supreme court

Illinois Supreme Court Building rehab completed

in Local

Veteran Walks for Others

eric peters

He doesn't carry physical scars from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, but the wounds are still there

in Local

Judge Threatens Jeff Parsons With Criminal Contempt

Jeff Parsons appears defiant as he walks out of federal court in Springfield July 10, 2014

A federal judge has threatened to hold former THR and Associates boss Jeff Parsons in criminal contempt of court if he doesn't provide the documents needed to proceed with his case.

in Local

Holiday Weekend Means Beefed-up Police Patrols

drunk_driving

Expect a big police presence this Labor Day weekend.

in Local

Tips Sought on Pizza Restaurant Robbery

police_tape

Police are looking for help figuring out who robbed Papa Murphy's late last week.