Online auctions bring $10M for Chicago in 3 years - FOX 32 News Chicago

Online auctions bring $10M for Chicago in 3 years

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CHICAGO (AP) - Online auctions of surplus materials have generated more than $10 million since 2011 for the city of Chicago.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office announced the revenue from online auctions Friday. The mayor's office says the amount is more than twice that collected during the previous three years.

Online auctions allow the city's Department of Procurement Services to sell surplus items ranging from wood pallets and scrap metal to old trucks and police boats.

Lower-priced items have included DVD players and vacuum cleaners. Most items sold online are stored at the city's salvage yard, although some is sold from facilities where it was used.

The city is working with sister agencies such as the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Public Schools to identify items no longer used.

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