|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Tue, 1 Oct 2013 20:08:29 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] "A slow recovery after base closure, " Chanute Air Force Base (IL)|
A slow recovery after base closure: Part 1 of a five-part series By BRENDAN QUEALY Rantoul Press (IL) October 1, 2013 Traumatic. Devastating. Eerie. As if a family member had died.That is how many of Rantoulâs residents described the feeling within the town after the Chanute Air Force Base closed 20 years ago on Sept. 30, 1993.
"There was a philosophy that Chanute would always be here, and no one ever believed that it would be closed," current Mayor Chuck Smith said. "And when it did, it was like rats abandoning a sinking ship. I mean everybody left. The military stores. The pawn shops. Housing went down. Values dropped. It was just an economic and chaotic mess that we had to clean up."
Two decades have passed, and the cleanup is still in progress. At the time of the closure, Rantoul lost more than half of its population and with it more than $100 million in commercial spending. Smith said losing Chanute after 76 years was the "biggest thing to happen in the history of this community" and wonders if any economy can overcome that level of loss.
... For the entire article, seehttp://www.rantoulpress.com/news/special-reports/2013-10-01/slow- recovery-after-base-closure-part-1-five-part-series.html
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