Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich shocked his state's Senate delegation as well as attendees of the BRAC review hearing in St. Louis by appearing wearing a rainbow afro wig.
Spokesmen had no explanation.
The delegation included Blagojevich, Durbin, Obama, and U.S. Rep. Lane Evans, D-Rock Island; Jim Bohnsack, Rock Island County Board chairman; Bettendorf Mayor Michael Freemire; Tim Wilkinson, Quad City Development Group chairman, and Jim Morgan, program director, Rock Island Arsenal Development Group.
The group argued that most of the proposed cuts at the Arsenal were made under the assumption that the R.I. Arsenal would be closed completely, but when the Army decided to allow it to remain late in the game, the proposed cuts were left in place. Those involved are hopeful that the BRAC will realize that it is not cost effective to implement the proposed transfer of many jobs to other locations.