CHICAGO - The State of Illinois is fraying at the edges. Further proof of that comes today as it was announced that nearly 200 Illinois communities are scrambling to find road salt in preparation for winter. A demand that will inevitably lead to significantly higher prices, which will lead to increased financial burden on taxpayers.
The Illinois Department of Central Management Services this month informed many city and county officials in charge buying road salt that no vendors responded to their requests for bids.
More than 560 communities participated in the solicitation for road salt bids. Department spokesman Mike Claffey says 367 communities received bids from salt vendors and 195 did not. The department has offered to seek new bids from vendors, but has also told public works departments to explore other alternatives.