CHICAGO - Bolstered by a ratings upgrade, Springfield, Ill., will enter the market next week with about $104 million of senior-lien electric utility revenue bonds to raise the funds to complete a new coal-fired generating plant, finance other projects, and refund its $28 million of auction-rate securities.

The fixed-rate sale is slated to price next Wednesday. Citi is the senior manager, with Merrill Lynch & Co. serving as co-manager and Chapman and Cutler LLP as bond counsel, said finance director Craig Burns.

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