June 1, 2009 (CHICAGO) --The calendar says June but hundreds of communities in the Chicago area are already thinking about winter. Many could be paying less for road salt.Last year, falling supplies and increased demand caused a big jump in the price of salt. It went from $65 a ton in June to $165 in September. That led to an investigation by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
Madigan recommended that the state's Department of Central Management Services begin collecting bids earlier in the year. That agency will set the price each community will have to pay for salt.