By on 19 Feb 2018


August 27, 2019

Southwestern Illinois legislators rallied statewide to unanimously pass HB 1652 enabling expedited license reciprocity for active duty military servicemembers, to include members of the U.S. Coast Guard, Guardsmen, Reservists, and military spouses. This legislation was led by Illinois… Click to view


June 25th, 2018

Songs 4 Soldiers (S4S) is continuing its work in the combat veteran community as it enters its 6th year in existence. To date S4S has spent over $410,000 on over 330 combat veterans and their families from all over the midwest. As we continue this work we are also gearing up for the 6th Annual Songs4Soldiers Benefit Concert Festival. This year, for the first time ever, S4S is hosting a country show on night one of the two night festival October 5th and 6th.  Granger Smith and Diamond Rio will headline night one. DAY two features an all day family friendly event featuring all of STL’s best cover bands, kids zone, $5 beers and local food! Click to view

September 29th, 2014

This past Thursday night, more than 70 military members transitioning from postings at Scott Air Force Base participated in a unique networking event co-sponsored by the Belle-Scott Committee and the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois to match these highly trained individuals with available, quality job openings.  ‘Networking Night at Scott Air Force Base’ featured 63 companies with a total of 8,891 job openings… Click to read more

September 11th, 2014

The Scott Patriot Program turns one year old today, and to date, more than 650 businesses and organizations have signed up to be part of this unique initiative that recognizes… Click to read more


April 3rd, 2014

Southwestern Illinois College created a highlight video about their Veterans as Strategic Assets Initiative. The video highlights career tips for veterans. Click here to view the video.


December 13th, 2013

Now through Dec. 17, the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois and several Metro East chamber of commerce organizations will be rallying their volunteers around phones and in front of their computers in an effort to double the number of business and organizations in the Scott Patriot Program. Click to read more

November 19th 2013

Conversation with Lee Presser is a weekly half hour television program seen for nearly thirteen years in the St. Louis market on Charter Cable TV. This video addresses why Scott should remain open and what the consequences of closer will mean to the entire St. Louis region between Lee Presser and Ellen Krohne. Click to view video

November 14th 2013

The recently launched Scott Patriot Program has reached a new milestone in time for Veteran’s Day, signing on 321 businesses, organizations and communities as Patriots. Each is recognized as being “military-friendly” thanks to discounts offered and… Click to read more

October 1st, 2013

There are almost 1.5 million active duty military members. And, of course, their families are affected as well. That’s why the Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois started the Scott Patriot Program, which highlights military friendly communities and businesses. Click to view video

September 18th, 2013

The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois and regional area chambers of commerce are excited to announce a new initiative which kicked off on Sept. 11, 2013 – the Scott Patriot Program. The program is aimed at ensuring… Click to read more

September 11th, 2013

The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois and regional area chambers of commerce are excited to announce a new initiative being kicked off today, Sept. 11, 2013 – the Scott Patriot Program. Click to read more


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