Illinois Public Higher Education Procurement Bulletin

CPO Public Information Notices

Ben Bagby, Chief Procurement Officer - Higher Education

 

The Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) exercises independent procurement authority under the Illinois Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500) on behalf of and for the benefit of public institutions of higher education (state universities). For more information, visit the Chief Procurement Office website.

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CPO Announcements

  • Illinois Procurement Gateway

    Vendors will soon be able to use the Illinois Procurement Gateway (IPG) to submit certain procurement-related information in advance of responding to solicitations. Registering in advance will save time, money and effort, and will reduce the risk of being disqualified for administrative errors.

    Instead of submitting in paper form certain required information (such as company ownership, Department of Human Right's public contract number and State Board of Elections registration number), vendors will be able to submit the information electronically. Once we review and sign off, vendors will receive a registration number that can be included in solicitation responses in lieu of submitting various paper forms with each and every response.

    The IPG is managed by the four independent Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) who exercise procurement authority for the state agencies and the state universities. The CPOs selected B2Gnow to develop and host the cloud-based portal. There is no cost for vendors to register in the IPG.

  • Prohibition on Political Contributions

    With the approaching election season, the Chief Procurement Office would like to remind vendors of the prohibition on political contributions found in Section 50-37 of the Illinois Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500/50-37). We encourage every vendor to be familiar with this section of the Code and to seek legal advice as to how this section affects your company.

    The first day candidates may file nominating petitions with the State Board of Elections is November 25, 2013. As such, please be sure to check the up to date listing of declared candidates on the Board of Elections website.

    Please note, in most cases contributions to the Governor and Lieutenant Governor as well as all other declared candidates for those offices are prohibited. In addition, contributions made by entities and persons affiliated with your business are also prohibited. For more information about which entities and persons are considered "affiliated" with your business please see the Business Registration FAQ available on the State Board of Elections website at http://www.elections.il.gov/InfoForBusinesses.aspx or the Illinois Procurement Code at Section 50-37 (30 ILCS 500/50-37) which is available on the General Assembly's website at http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=532&ChapterID=7.

    If you are unsure whether the prohibition on political contributions applies to your business, please refer to the Illinois Procurement Code at Section 50-37 available on the General Assembly's website at http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=532&ChapterID=7.

    Finally, please note if a vendor is found to violate this prohibition, all contracts between State agencies and that vendor are voidable. If a vendor violates this prohibition 3 or more times within a 36-month period, then all contracts between State agencies and that vendor are void.