- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An auction to finish selling half of Illinois’ fleet of airplanes didn’t take off with bidders.

Just one of five planes received a bid in an online auction that ended Wednesday afternoon. A four-seat 1978 Cessna got a bid of roughly $66,800, topping the minimum price required to be sold, according to the state’s surplus equipment bidding website iBid.

Former Gov. Pat Quinn said last year that Illinois planned to sell the planes and that the state could save as much as $7 million by cutting the fleet. Some lawmakers have said the state shouldn’t be paying to maintain multiple planes, and some have campaigned on the issue.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers (https://bit.ly/1DpeKPy ) reports only two smaller planes were sold in a September online auction.

The highest minimum price in the latest auction was roughly $2.5 million for a 1999 Beechcraft King Air 250, which didn’t receive a bid.

Illinois Department of Central Management Services spokeswoman Meredith Krantz said before the auction ended that Gov. Bruce Rauner is committed to selling the planes. The administration plans to look at other ways to get rid of them.

“Maybe iBid is not the best platform to sell them,” Krantz said.

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