Illinois Public Higher Education Procurement Bulletin

Higher Education Small Purchase Limits

Effective July 1, 2014 the following small purchase maximums (sealed bid limits) were adjusted in accordance with Section 20-20(b) of the Procurement Code:

Category Small Purchase Maximum
before July 1, 2014
Modified Small Purchase Maximum
Effective July 1, 2014
General Supplies and Services $54,600 $55,400
Construction $76,600 $77,700

Effective September 24, 2008, in accordance with Section 20-20(c) of the Procurement Code and Section 4.2020(a)(1) of the Procurement Rules of the Chief Procurement Officer for Public Institutions of Higher Education, the small purchase maximum for general supplies and services was modified to $50,000 and the small purchase maximum for construction was modified to $70,000. Beginning July 1, 2009, these modified small purchase maximums are subject to annual adjustments to reflect the Consumer Price Index (CPI) as provided for in Section 20-20(b) of the Procurement Code and Section 4.2020(a)(1) of the Procurement Rules of the Chief Procurement Officer for Public Institutions of Higher Education.

These modifications and the annual CPI adjustments do not apply to the following types of procurements, for which the small purchase maximum can only be modified by statutory amendment:

Category Small Purchase Maximum
Professional and Artistic Services $19,999.99
Architectural/Engineering/Land Survey Services $24,999.99
Real Property and Capital Improvement Leases $99,999.99 (must also be less than 10,000 square feet)