Some current and former elected officials are calling for more transparency in response to no-bid arrangements the University of Nebraska has used on some of its biggest construction projects.
State Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, former Gov. Dave Heineman and Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert were among those advocating for transparency and public bidding after an investigative report raised concerns about the university's handling of projects.
The report detailed how NU has built about $691 million in new facilities without the university issuing public bids by setting up private corporations and making other arrangements that shield spending details from the public. Continue…