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Scott Air Force Base to eliminate over 100 occupied positions

CHICAGO, IL (KFVS) -

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is pledging to work with state agencies, following Scott Air Force Base announcing Wednesday over 110 occupied position employee layoffs.

According to Simon's office, 110 civilian employees are being affected. There are 321 total positions being eliminated; 122 were already vacant; 49 are held be employees who will voluntarily retire or separate from federal service by the end of December; and 40 are employees who will be moved into other positions.

This leaves 110 eliminated occupied positions with employees who have not applied for incentive programs, or for which no matching vacancy has been identified, according to the base.

"Scott Air Force Base is an economic engine in Illinois, and I am disappointed that the Air Force had to make this decision," said Simon.  "As a native of Troy, a community near Scott Air Force Base where many citizens are employed by the base, I understand the social and economic impact these changes will have in the Metro East region and beyond. The state will use its resources to help get displaced workers back on the job."

Simon learned of the cuts on Wednesday evening from Col. Michael Hornitscheck, Commander of the 375th Air Mobility Wing at Scott Air Force Base.

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