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MEBCO Lawsuit Targets New Mississippi River Bridge, IDOT

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MEBCO members demonstrate outside East St. Louis City Hall in September 2011. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

MEBCO members demonstrate outside East St. Louis City Hall in September 2011. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOX) –  Construction of a new Mississippi River bridge could hit a roadblock with the filing of a lawsuit.

MEBCO, the Metro East Black Contractors Organization, will hold a midday news conference to discuss a $650 million lawsuit they’re filing against the Illinois Department of Transportation.

They say minority contractors are not being given their fair share of work on the massive project.

Part of their lawsuit seeks an injunction to prevent IDOT from awarding any more contracts on the bridge until their grievances have been addressed.

IDOT has, of course, dealt with these accusations before.

They say 35% of the total workforce on the project is composed of minorities, about double what the law requires.

You’ll recall that a couple of months ago MEBCO members were ready to physically block work on the bridge when Governor Pat Quinn stepped in and arranged talks between the two sides, which have been going on since then.

MEBCO officials say they’ll release more details during a noon news conference.

KMOX News will have a reporter there and bring you more details as they become available.

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