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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2007

State to auction surplus property next week
Auctions enable bidding online via www.proxibid.com and at state warehouse in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Central Management Service (CMS) will host public surplus property auctions as it continues to sell items no longer needed by state government.  The first auction – with real-time online bidding – will start at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, at www.proxibid.com.  The traditional live auction in the state’s Surplus Property Warehouse will be on Wednesday, March 21, starting at 8 a.m.

Auction items can be previewed at the Springfield-based warehouse located at 1924 South 10 ½ Street, on Monday, March 19 and Tuesday, March 20, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. 
 
“Surplus property auctions are important to the state, both to sell items that Illinois government no longer needs and to generate revenue,” said CMS Acting Director Maureen O’Donnell.  “Online bidding expands sales opportunities and helps us to achieve top dollar for our surplus assets.”

Interested online bidders for the Tuesday, March 20 webcast auction can pre-register and preview items at www.proxibid.com beginning at 9 a.m. on auction day.  Items being sold via webcast at 4 p.m. include:

• Galvanized Steel Animal Cages
• Poulan Chain Saw, Sharp Computer Projector
• Emcor Modular Computer Storage Units (short & tall)
• Refrigerant Recovery System
• Compaq Computer Equipment, Computer Servers & Equipment
• Laptop Printers
• Jet 3 Ultra Electric Wheel Chair
• Chorus Arjo Mobile Medical Equipment 
• Hoveround Motorized Wheelchair,
• Electric Wheel Chairs
• Stainless Steel Cooler
• Hobart Stainless Steel Freezer
• Groen Steam Cookers. 


Acceptable forms of payment include cash, Visa, MasterCard, money order, and cashiers or travelers checks.  Personal or business checks will not be accepted unless accompanied by a formal bank letter guaranteeing payment.  Additional details are located at www.cms.illinois.gov.  All sales are final; there are no warranties or guarantees, implied or expressed.

This auction builds on the State’s regular weekly web-based auction – iBid, often referred to as the eBay of Illinois™ – which is hosted at www.ibid.illinois.gov.  To learn more about the state’s Surplus Property Program, visit www.cms.illinois.gov or call 1-217-782-7786.

About the Department of Central Management Services (CMS):
When Governor Rod Blagojevich was first elected in 2003, he gave CMS a simple mandate: ‘to run the business of government like a business.’  The agency continues to implement that directive by streamlining the state’s internal operations, sharing resources and saving taxpayer money while improving the business functions of state government.  By bringing private-sector discipline to its public-sector mission, the department leads the cost-effective administration of purchasing, property management, information technology, telecommunications, internal audit and outside legal services for the state’s executive agencies, personnel and benefits for all state employees and retirees, and the state’s employee and vendor diversity programs.



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