Illinois Gets Just 1 Bid in Online Sale of State Planes
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An auction to finish selling half of Illinois' fleet of airplanes didn't take off with bidders.
Just one of five planes received a bid in an online auction that ended Wednesday afternoon. According to the state's surplus equipment bidding website, a four-seat 1978 Cessna got a bid of roughly $66,800, topping the minimum price required to be sold.
Former Gov. Pat Quinn said last year that Illinois planned to sell the planes and that the state could save as much as $7 million by cutting the fleet. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports only two smaller planes were sold in a September online auction.
An Illinois Department of Central Management Services spokeswoman says Gov. Bruce Rauner is committed to selling the planes. The administration plans to look at other ways to get rid of them.
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