Government Fleet Top News

State of Illinois Administration Won't Release State Fleet Study

June 28, 2006

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Gov. Blagojevich administration of the state of Illinois is claiming that a study of the state’s car fleet ordered more than three years ago has generated millions of dollars in savings, according to the Web site However, officials won’t release the results of the study, which was conducted by a company that has contributed $25,500 to the governor’s campaign fund.The state’s fleet of 13,000 vehicles has been reduced by 1,600 cars, resulting in a savings estimated at more than $5.3 million over the past two fiscal years. In addition, the state has generated $1.1 million from selling unneeded vehicles. But as the state embarks on a plan to begin its first large-scale vehicle replacement since the governor took office, the fact that the study isn’t being made public is drawing fire from some lawmakers.“I think if they don’t respond to these inquiries on how they spend our state dollars, there’s something amiss,” said state Rep. Jack Franks, D–Woodstock, as quoted on “They should have to respond. I don’t think their objection is valid.”In May, Lee News Service requested a copy of the study, which was called for by Gov. Rod Blagojevich in one of his first acts after taking office in 2003. The request, made using the state’s Freedom of Information Act, was denied in June. The administration says it cannot release the study because it is exempt from state open records laws.Virginia-based Maximus Inc., which has contracts with more than a dozen state agencies, recently won a one-year, $60,000, no-bid extension of its contract to provide software that tracks maintenance of the state vehicles. Since 2003, the company has held contracts with the state worth more than $22 million. State records show the fleet management contract with Maximus was not competitively bid because the firm provided customized software that is proprietary to the company, according to the Web site July, the state is expected to begin replacing up to 500 state police cars, marking the first major purchase of vehicles since Blagojevich took office. The new vehicles, which are estimated to cost a total of about $8 million, are replacing old, high-mileage cruisers and won’t add to the state’s overall inventory.

Comment On This Story

Comment: (Maximum 10000 characters)  
Leave this field empty:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.


Public Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Amin Amini from Verizon will answer your questions and challenges

View All

Recent Topics

Does anyone run a University fleet similar to ours? New Jersey City University has approximately 10,000 students, 1000 faculty & staff,...

View Topic

My agency currently uses live local auction to dispose of surplus assets. We would like to move to on-line. Can anyone give me any...

View Topic

Fleet Documents

1055 Fleet Documents (and counting) to Download!

Sponsored by

Coyte supervises the strategic direction, coordination, and implementation and management of fleet activities for JCI, a global leader in automotive systems, building efficiency and power solutions.

Read more