CHICAGO
11/22/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Salt Prices Worrying Suburbs

Many south suburban municipalities are wishing they had stockpiled more road salt last year now that they face huge cost increases and worry that dwindling supplies may not get them through another snowy and icy winter.

Meanwhile, they are appealing to Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan to investigate the high salt prices, which the officials said threaten to bust their budgets and put the public in danger this winter.

"Nobody's accusing anybody of anything," said Bud Fleming, assistant executive director of the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, which represents 42 communities. "We just want to make sure everything is on the up and up."

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