SPRINGFIELD, IL: The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has selected a year-old PR firm to handle a six-year, $3.26 million outreach effort for a bridge and highway project over the Mississippi River.
Chicago-based D&T Communications beat out seven other firms for the assignment.
Lewis Lazare, a Chicago Sun-Times advertising columnist, implied in a July 15 piece that Democratic political connections by D&T principals might have played a role.
Kim Morreale, IDOT director of external affairs, denied that. "We thought they were very knowledgeable and could immediately execute a community- action program," she said.
"We put a very good proposal together," said Yvonne Davila, an agency principal who had been an assistant press secretary to Richard Daley, Chicago's mayor. The firm has begun work even though a final award of the contract has been held up as the state Legislature wrestles with passing a state budget.