A half dozen lawmakers from eastern Iowa and western Illinois are working to save jobs at a major Quad Cities employer.
The Army aims to trim three-billion dollars from its budget in July, putting hundreds of jobs at the Rock Island Arsenal’s largest factory in jeopardy.
At risk are 1,700 workers at the Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center at the Rock Island Arsenal. They were told their jobs may move to Alabama.
First-term Congressman Bobby Schilling from Rock Island says he won’t let that happen. He and Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois and others have requested a meeting with Army General Ann Dunwoody.
The Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center makes equipment for troops on the front line.
Phil Roberts, Davenport