Illinois iBid website to auction heavy construction equipment
offering more than 550 pieces of equipment for bids on March 17
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[March 11, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois
Department of Central Management Services announced last week that
it will conduct its largest Web-based auction of surplus heavy
equipment ever through the state's iBid website. The state's
equivalent of eBay, iBid has sold more than $10 million worth of
surplus property and equipment since 2003. The site has sold
everything from agricultural equipment to motor vehicles but has
never featured the Illinois Department of Transportation's heavy
equipment sale before.
"IBid is an innovative tool that state government has pioneered to increase
revenues that we earn from the sale of surplus property and make it easier for
buyers to participate in the process," said Simone McNeil, acting CMS director.
"Bidders no longer have to drive to Springfield or spend hours on the auction
floor. They can follow the auction from their office or home, night or day, on
their computers or other devices, instantly bidding on items no longer needed by
The state announced that on March 17 it will start taking bids exclusively on
the Internet on more than 550 pieces of equipment deemed surplus by the Illinois
Department of Transportation for sale to the highest bidder. These include
various types of off-road equipment, heavy trucks, tractors and other vehicles.
The bidding will end at 4 p.m. March 28. Interested bidders may register and
preview the equipment online at
Auction terms and conditions, pickup times, methods of payment, and photos
and descriptions are available online. No on-site previews will be permitted.
Winners are notified immediately upon closing of the sale and may pay for
items online via MasterCard, Visa, certified check or money order.
CMS conducted its last in-person auctions at its Springfield warehouse last
The move to all online sales has saved the state $60,000 annually in banking,
security and other associated expenses typically required for on-site warehouse
public sales, while increasing revenues from online sales by nearly $1 million
in fiscal 2013.
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CMS provides a broad range of programs and services to state
agencies and the public. These include human resources and employee
benefits, information technology and telecommunications, property
and facilities management, procurement and business diversity,
vehicle fleet management, and media and marketing.
For more information about CMS, go to
Department of Central Management Services
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Illinois Office of
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