Metro East Black Contractors Organization http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Metro East Black Contractors file racial discrimination suit against IDOT http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/metro-east-black-contractors-file-racial-discrimination-suit-against-idot <p>The new Mississippi Bridge Project&nbsp; is facing a new obstacle. The Metro East Black Contractors Organization is suing to stop the Illinois Department of Transportation from handing out more contracts on the $760 million project until discrimination issues are addressed.</p><p>The organization says they aren&#39;t getting their fair share of work on the project. The group&#39;s attorney Eric Vickers says in addition to an injunction on awarding more contracts, the new lawsuit calls for IDOT to pay $650 million in damages.</p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 23:22:04 +0000 Joseph Leahy 2569 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Metro East Black Contractors file racial discrimination suit against IDOT Morning headlines: Friday, September 16, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-september-16-2011 <p><strong>Metro-East contractors delay Mississippi River bridge protest</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.bnd.com/2011/09/16/1862404/mississippi-bridge-shutdown-delayed.html">According to the Belleville News-Democrat</a>, about 200 protesters gathered at the East St. Louis City Hall early this morning, but delayed a protest to shut down work on the new Mississippi River Bridge. The newspaper reports Illinois Governor Pat Quinn promised to call and the state&rsquo;s transportation secretary is heading to the city to meet them.</p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 14:18:21 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 2065 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Friday, September 16, 2011