Prison Stores Procurement Plan Scrapped For Now

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CHICAGO (AP) -- A chief procurement officer for the state has nixed proposed major changes in how Illinois purchases snacks and other goods sold to prison inmates.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reported Sunday that Matt Brown issued an order earlier this month on grounds a single company looked set to land the bulk of the business.

Prison canteens cater to nearly 50,000 inmates. And so millions of dollars are at stake.

Under existing policy, each prison plays a major role picking suppliers. That means local businesses often get the nod.

But proposed changes by the Department of Corrections put more emphasis on signing contracts with suppliers that had statewide reach. And that upset local suppliers.

A department spokesman says there's no timetable yet for drawing up new plans.

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