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

  • Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation

    Section 50-37 of the Illinois Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500/50-37) prohibits business entities with contracts and solicitations worth in excess of $50,000 in combined annual value pending with a given officeholder responsible for awarding the contracts from making campaign contributions to campaign committees established to promote the candidacy of the officeholder or any other declared candidate for that office. The prohibition also extends to contributions made by various affiliated persons and businesses of a business entity that is subject to the prohibition.

    On December 5th, 2017, December 5th, 2017, December 19th, 2017, and December 19th, 2017, Avram Lothan and Karen Lothan, affiliated persons of Lothan Van Hook DeStefano Architecture LLC, made four different prohibited contributions. For details, see the attached Notice of Campaign Contributions Violation published in Volume 45, Issue 34 of the Illinois Register, dated August 20, 2021.

  • March 5-15, 2021 - IDHR System Upgrade

    The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) is upgrading their online application/renewal system for the IDHR Public Contract/Eligibility Number. To accomplish the upgrade, IDHR will not process online and mailed Public Contract/Eligibility Number applications and renewals from 4PM March 5th to March 15th, 2021.

    The Chief Procurement Office will not approve any IL Procurement Gateway (IPG) application where the vendor applied or renewed their IDHR Public Contract/Eligibility Number during this period because IPG staff will be unable to verify the number. Please plan your procurement and contracting activities accordingly. To learn more visit the IDHR system upgrade page.

  • Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation

    Section 50-37 of the Illinois Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500/50-37) prohibits business entities with contracts and solicitations worth in excess of $50,000 in combined annual value pending with a given officeholder responsible for awarding the contracts from making campaign contributions to campaign committees established to promote the candidacy of the officeholder or any other declared candidate for that office. The prohibition also extends to contributions made by various affiliated persons and businesses of a business entity that is subject to the prohibition.

    On May 11th, 2017, June 7th, 2017, June 22nd, 2017, and October 19th, 2018, Gerald Forsythe, an affiliated person of INDECK Power Equipment Co., made five different prohibited contributions. For details, see the attached Notice of Campaign Contributions Violation published in Volume 44, Issue 19 of the Illinois Register, dated May 8, 2020.

  • Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation

    Section 50-37 of the Illinois Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500/50-37) prohibits business entities with contracts and solicitations worth in excess of $50,000 in combined annual value pending with a given officeholder responsible for awarding the contracts from making campaign contributions to campaign committees established to promote the candidacy of the officeholder or any other declared candidate for that office. The prohibition also extends to contributions made by various affiliated persons and businesses of a business entity that is subject to the prohibition.

    On September 26th, 2017, John E. Goetz, affiliated person of RD Lawrence Construction Company, made a prohibited contribution. For details, see the attached see the attached Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation published in Volume 42, Issue 37 of the Illinois Register, dated September 14, 2018.

  • Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation

    Section 50-37 of the Illinois Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500/50-37) prohibits business entities with contracts and solicitations worth in excess of $50,000 in combined annual value pending with a given officeholder responsible for awarding the contracts from making campaign contributions to campaign committees established to promote the candidacy of the officeholder or any other declared candidate for that office. The prohibition also extends to contributions made by various affiliated persons and businesses of a business entity that is subject to the prohibition.

    On April 24, 2014, William Flesch, affiliated person of The Gordon Flesch Company, made a prohibited contribution. For details, see the attached Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation published in Volume 42, Issue 8 of the Illinois Register, dated February 23, 2018.

  • Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation

    Section 50-37 of the Illinois Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500/50-37) prohibits business entities with contracts and solicitations worth in excess of $50,000 in combined annual value pending with a given officeholder responsible for awarding the contracts from making campaign contributions to campaign committees established to promote the candidacy of the officeholder or any other declared candidate for that office. The prohibition also extends to contributions made by various affiliated persons and businesses of a business entity that is subject to the prohibition.

    On July 21, 2014, Paul Hoefer, affiliated person of Freeport Industrial Roofing, Inc., made a prohibited contribution. For details, see the attached Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation published in Volume 42, Issue 2 of the Illinois Register, dated January 12, 2018.

  • 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.

    You can 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 https://berep.elections.il.gov/help/helpFAQ.aspx.

    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.

  • Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation

    Section 50-37 of the Illinois Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500/50-37) prohibits business entities with contracts and solicitations worth in excess of $50,000 in combined annual value pending with a given officeholder responsible for awarding the contracts from making campaign contributions to campaign committees established to promote the candidacy of the officeholder or any other declared candidate for that office. The prohibition also extends to contributions made by various affiliated persons and businesses of a business entity that is subject to the prohibition.

    On December 19, 2013, Gordon Food Service, Inc. made a prohibited contribution. For details, see the attached Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation published in Volume 41, Issue 28 of the Illinois Register, dated July 14, 2017.

  • Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation

    Section 50-37 of the Illinois Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500/50-37) prohibits business entities with contracts and solicitations worth in excess of $50,000 in combined annual value pending with a given officeholder responsible for awarding the contracts from making campaign contributions to campaign committees established to promote the candidacy of the officeholder or any other declared candidate for that office. The prohibition also extends to contributions made by various affiliated persons and businesses of a business entity that is subject to the prohibition.

    On May 29, 2014, Alpha Baking Company made a prohibited contribution. For details, see the attached Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation published in Volume 41, Issue 27 of the Illinois Register, dated July 7, 2017.

  • Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation

    Section 50-37 of the Illinois Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500/50-37) prohibits business entities with contracts and solicitations worth in excess of $50,000 in combined annual value pending with a given officeholder responsible for awarding the contracts from making campaign contributions to campaign committees established to promote the candidacy of the officeholder or any other declared candidate for that office. The prohibition also extends to contributions made by various affiliated persons and businesses of a business entity that is subject to the prohibition.

    On July 22, 2014, Lauren Johnson, affiliated person of Ringland-Johnson, made a prohibited contribution. For details, see the attached Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation published in Volume 41, Issue 27 of the Illinois Register, dated July 7, 2017.

  • Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation

    Section 50-37 of the Illinois Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500/50-37) prohibits business entities with contracts and solicitations worth in excess of $50,000 in combined annual value pending with a given officeholder responsible for awarding the contracts from making campaign contributions to campaign committees established to promote the candidacy of the officeholder or any other declared candidate for that office. The prohibition also extends to contributions made by various affiliated persons and businesses of a business entity that is subject to the prohibition.

    On September 3, 2014, Robert Eck, affiliated person of Anixter, Inc., made a prohibited contribution. For details, see the attached Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation published in Volume 41, Issue 27 of the Illinois Register, dated July 7, 2017.

  • Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation

    Section 50-37 of the Illinois Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500/50-37) prohibits business entities with contracts and solicitations worth in excess of $50,000 in combined annual value pending with a given officeholder responsible for awarding the contracts from making campaign contributions to campaign committees established to promote the candidacy of the officeholder or any other declared candidate for that office. The prohibition also extends to contributions made by various affiliated persons and businesses of a business entity that is subject to the prohibition.

    On June 5, 2014, Brent Johnson, affiliated person of Ringland-Johnson, made a prohibited contribution. For details, see the attached Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation published in Volume 41, Issue 27 of the Illinois Register, dated July 7, 2017.

  • Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation

    Section 50-37 of the Illinois Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500/50-37) prohibits business entities with contracts and solicitations worth in excess of $50,000 in combined annual value pending with a given officeholder responsible for awarding the contracts from making campaign contributions to campaign committees established to promote the candidacy of the officeholder or any other declared candidate for that office. The prohibition also extends to contributions made by various affiliated persons and businesses of a business entity that is subject to the prohibition.

    On September 24, 2014, Linear Electric Company made a prohibited contribution. For details, see the attached Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation published in Volume 41, Issue 4 of the Illinois Register, dated January 27, 2017.

  • Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation

    Section 50-37 of the Illinois Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500/50-37) prohibits business entities with contracts and solicitations worth in excess of $50,000 in combined annual value pending with a given officeholder responsible for awarding the contracts from making campaign contributions to campaign committees established to promote the candidacy of the officeholder or any other declared candidate for that office.The prohibition also extends to contributions made by various affiliated persons and businesses of a business entity that is subject to the prohibition.

    On October 29, 2014, Mark Kmety, affiliated person of Mesirow Insurance Services Inc., made a prohibited contribution. For details, see the attached Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation published in Volume 39, Issue 44 of the Illinois Register, dated October 20, 2015.

  • Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation

    Section 50-37 of the Illinois Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500/50-37) prohibits business entities with contracts and solicitations worth in excess of $50,000 in combined annual value pending with a given officeholder responsible for awarding the contracts from making campaign contributions to campaign committees established to promote the candidacy of the officeholder or any other declared candidate for that office. The prohibition also extends to contributions made by various affiliated persons and businesses of a business entity that is subject to the prohibition.

    On July 21, 2014, Aaron McArdle, President of Zeller Digital Innovations, Made a prohibited contribution. For details, see the attached Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation published in Volume 39, Issue 29 of the Illinois Register, dated July 17, 2015.

  • Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation

    Section 50-37 of the Illinois Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500/50-37) prohibits business entities with contracts and solicitations worth in excess of $50,000 in combined annual value pending with a given officeholder responsible for awarding the contracts from making campaign contributions to campaign committees established to promote the candidacy of the officeholder or any other declared candidate for that office. The prohibition also extends to contributions made by various affiliated persons and businesses of a business entity that is subject to the prohibition.

    On September 1, 2010, Michael Straza (then Vice-President of Zeller Digital Innovations) made a prohibited contribution. For details, see the attached Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation published in Volume 39, Issue 10 of the Illinois Register, dated March 6, 2015.

  • Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation

    Section 50-37 of the Illinois Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500/50-37) prohibits business entities with contracts and solicitations worth in excess of $50,000 in combined annual value pending with a given officeholder responsible for awarding the contracts from making campaign contributions to campaign committees established to promote the candidacy of the officeholder or any other declared candidate for that office. The prohibition also extends to contributions made by various affiliated persons and businesses of a business entity that is subject to the prohibition.

    • On September 24, 2010, Eby-Brown Company, LLC made a prohibited contribution. For details, see the attached Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation published in Volume 38, Issue 42 of the Illinois Register, dated October 17, 2014.
    • On December 30, 2013 and March 4, 2014, Thomas Wake, an affiliated person of Eby-Brown Company, LLC, made a prohibited contribution. For details, see the attached Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation published in Volume 38, Issue 42 of the Illinois Register, dated October 17, 2014.

  • Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation

    Section 50-37 of the Illinois Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500/50-37) prohibits business entities with contracts and solicitations worth in excess of $50,000 in combined annual value pending with a given officeholder responsible for awarding the contracts from making campaign contributions to campaign committees established to promote the candidacy of the officeholder or any other declared candidate for that office. The prohibition also extends to contributions made by various affiliated persons and businesses of a business entity that is subject to the prohibition.

    On October 27, 2010, Mr. Daniel T. Kelley, an affiliated person of the business entity GROWMARK, Inc., made a prohibited contribution. For details, see the attached Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation published in Volume 38, Issue 30 of the Illinois Register, dated July 25, 2014.

  • 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.

  • Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation

    Section 50-37 of the Illinois Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500/50-37) prohibits business entities with contracts and solicitations worth in excess of $50,000 in combined annual value pending with a given officeholder responsible for awarding the contracts from making campaign contributions to campaign committees established to promote the candidacy of the officeholder or any other declared candidate for that office. The prohibition also extends to contributions made by various affiliated persons and businesses of a business entity that is subject to the prohibition.

    On December 12, 2013, Charles Poettker, an affiliated person of the business entity Poettker Construction Company, made a prohibited contribution. For details, see the attached Notice of Campaign Contribution Violation published in Volume 38, Issue 17 of the Illinois Register, dated April 25, 2014.

  • 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 https://berep.elections.il.gov/help/helpFAQ.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.

  • Important Notice Regarding New Legislation

    All State vendors should be aware of Public Act 98-107, effective July 23, 2013 (20 ILCS1005/1005-47). We encourage you to read the Act in its entirety.

    This Act requires individuals or entities with contracts with State agencies under the jurisdiction of the executive branch, universities and community colleges to post certain employment vacancies on the Illinois Department of Employment Security's IllinoisJobLink.com system or to provide an online link to its employment vacancies so the link is accessible through the web page of IllinoisJobLink.com.

    The requirement will only be applied with respect to a vacancy if the position requires the performance of services in Illinois or a state bordering Illinois.

    This requirement does not apply to:

    1. contracts for construction-related services (e.g., design, planning, location and other studies)
    2. contracts for construction if the individual or entity has a contract with a bona fide labor organization for construction, or to
    3. contracts in effect as of July 23, 2013, (but will apply to renewals of those contracts if the contract is renewed after July 23, 2013).

    For information and instruction as to the requirements of the Act and what vacancies must be posted, contact Bennett Krause at the Illinois Department of Employment Security, 217-558-2421 or Bennett.Krause@illinois.gov.

    For a link to the Public Act, please go to http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fulltext.asp?Name=098-0107&GA=98.

  • Conflict of Interest Hearing Scheduled for May 1, 2012

    Pursuant to Section 50-35 of the Procurement Code, the Chief Procurement Officer will hold a conflict of interest hearing. See the conflict of interest document and the PPB review document for details.

  • Conflict of Interest Hearing Scheduled for April 11, 2012

    Pursuant to Section 50-20 of the Procurement Code, the Executive Ethics Commission will hold a conflict of interest hearing. See the conflict of interest document for details.

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