Metro East Black Contractors Organization

Mississippi River Bridge
5:22 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Metro East Black Contractors file racial discrimination suit against IDOT

The Mississippi River Bridge under construction. The Metro East Black Contractors Organization is suing the Illinois Department of Transportation for racial discrimination.
(via Missouri Department of Transportation)

The new Mississippi Bridge Project  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.

The organization says they aren't getting their fair share of work on the project. The group'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.

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Morning round-up
9:18 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, September 16, 2011

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that protesters from the Metro-East Black Contractors Organization will delay a planned protest to shut down work on the new Mississippi River bridge project until they speak with Ill. Gov Pat Quinn.
(Flickr/Missouri Department of Transportation)

Metro-East contractors delay Mississippi River bridge protest

According to the Belleville News-Democrat, 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’s transportation secretary is heading to the city to meet them.

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