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Trucking Company Protests Illinois Utility’s Pick for Coal-Hauling Contract

Dec 13, 2018 at 08:00 AM CST

An East St. Louis, Ill.-based trucking company president protested the city of Springfield’s decision to award a three-year coal-hauling contract to a Decatur-based firm and asked City Council members on Dec. 11 to instead give the contract to his company.

The Springfield City Council will debate and possibly give final approval to the contract at its Dec. 18 meeting.

McLeod Express of Decatur holds City Water, Light and Power’s current coal-hauling contract, which it won in 2016. The firm ostensibly is the lowest bidder for the new contract by about $101,700, at about $13,060,700.