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Nearly $1.6 million to fund essential services for Illinois citizens by selling Department of Corrections plane

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[JUNE 7, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Department of Central Management Services, Division of Property Control has announced that they have accepted a bid of $1.562 million for the 1999 King Air C90A aircraft owned by the Department of Corrections. RPJ Aircraft Investors, LLC of Camarillo, Calif., was the highest responsible and responsive bidder of the seven bids submitted.

"CMS is very excited about this sale," said CMS Director Michael Rumman. "It is our belief that the sale of this property, which has outlived its usefulness to state, will help the state in funding of important services that are in danger due to the state's deficit."

As part of Gov. Blagojevich's budget address he instructed agency directors to identify property that had outlived usefulness to the state or was being underutilized, in order to help subsidize the costs of essential services such as health care and K-12 education.

The sale of the plane, which was purchased by the Department of Corrections in 1999 and used for transportation of department officials to various facilities throughout the state, was announced on May 13.

[Illinois Department of Central Management Services
news release]

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