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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Eastern Illinois University
SoleSource #SLP18-01

Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase

Renewal Info
Published Friday June 19, 2020
Renewal entered into with:
Vendor: Consolidated Communications
Amount: An estimated $700,000
Renewal: 1st and 2nd of 2, 7/1/2020 through 6/30/2022
Pricing Changes: 
Bandwidth doubled resulting in and increase of 1,250 Renegotiated long distances resulting in an annual decrease of 3,600.
Service/Product Changes: 
Doubled Bandwidth and decreased long distance.
Sole Source Status: 
This is still an economically feasible sole source.
Potential Future Renewals: None
The Chief Procurement Officer for this procurement is now Ben Bagby.
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Catherine Bradbury.
The University has taken into account 30 ILCS 575/8i of the BEP Act in conducting this renewal.

The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
Award Info Published Wednesday October 5, 2016
Awarded to:
Vendor: Consolidated Communications, Mattoon, IL
Amount: An estimated $1,050,000
An estimated start date of 7/1/2017 through 6/30/2020, 36 months
2 one-year
Potential Future Renewals: $700,000
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
The hearing has been cancelled
Published Monday October 3, 2016
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Friday, September 16, 2016
The University awarded a contract for Telephone, Emergency and Data Services to Consolidated Communications, Mattoon, IL, for an estimated $1,050,000.
Local Telephone, emergency services and data services for use by faculty, staff and students on-campus.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the compatibility of equipment, accessories, replacement parts, or service is a paramount consideration.

For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Susan Propst
1135 Old Main
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
Phone: (217) 581-5998
FAX: (217) 581-6015
State Purchasing Officer - Aaron M. Finder

We will hold a public hearing at the date, time and location specified below, if we receive a request to testify regarding the sole source determination. We will also hold a hearing if any vendor submits a signed statement showing the capability to provide the stated supplies/services at or below the amount indicated.

The public hearing allows any interested party the opportunity to testify for or against the sole source determination as described in this notice. The purpose of the hearing is to receive information from the public in a reasonable manner. Formal rules of evidence will not apply. The hearing officer will produce minutes of the hearing and may record it in order to aid in the production of the minutes. After conclusion of the hearing we will decide whether the sole source determination was appropriate.

We must receive any request to testify and any vendor statement no later than the registration date and time indicated below. If we do not receive a timely request or statement, we will not hold the hearing. We reserve the right to cancel the procurement prior to any scheduled hearing. Please confirm the status of the hearing with the Hearing Contact.

Hearing Details

October 5, 2016
3:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 720-7105
Potential participants are requested to call ahead to verify location and get directions. Date, time, and location are subject to change and/or cancellation. It is the responsibility of potential participants to confirm these details prior to attendance.

Registration Deadline:
September 30, 2016
Register with:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 720-7105

The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.

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Sole Source Justification
  • SLP18-01Part1.pdf (332 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • SLP18-01Part2.pdf (62 KB)