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Governors State University
SoleSource #SSJ1401
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Renewal Info
Published Monday December 12, 2016
Renewal entered into with:
Vendor: Tinley Park Convention Center
Amount: An estimated $150,000
Renewal: 1st of 2, 1/1/2017 through 12/31/2020
Pricing Changes: 
Service/Product Changes: 
Sole Source Status: 
Procurement remains a sole source as defined in the initial justification.
Potential Future Renewals: $150,000
The buyer for this procurement is now Tracy Sullivan, (708) 534-4990 Ext: 3018.
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Aaron M. Finder.

The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
Award Info Published Monday December 9, 2013
Awarded to:
Vendor: Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park, IL
Amount: An estimated $150,000
An estimated start date of 12/10/2013 through 12/31/2016, 36 months
2 three-year
Potential Future Renewals: $300,000
GSU wishes to confirm commencement dates for rentals and publication in three year increments to secure pricing, and advertise location and dates for future graduates.
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 December 9, 2013
The hearing was cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The University awarded a contract for Commencement Space Rental to Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park, IL, for an estimated $150,000.
This sole source will be for rental of convention space during annual commencement services for GSU graduation weekends in May/June of each year of the award. Services required include: an air conditioned, indoor commencement/convention space of no less than 43,500 square feet; overnight lodging on premise, adequate parking lot spaces for quests, graduates, and other patrons; multiple presentation/breakout rooms; ADA accessibility required, on sight catering; nearby access to public transportation, and Audio visual/technology as needed for over 5,700 attendees in a single venue for ceremonies.

The location of this rental must be within a 15 mile radius of GSU's University Park, Illinois campus.

The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the conference center/hotel is the only one with the capacity and amenities needed to meet the minimum requirements of Governors State University Commencement weekend ceremonies and events.

For additional information, contact:
Sue Kainrath
1 University Parkway
University Park, IL 60484
Phone: (708) 534-4990 Ext: 3018
FAX: (708) 235-3970
State Purchasing Officer - Shirley Webb

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.

December 4, 2013
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

If you cannot attend the meeting in-person at the primary location, you may attend via audio teleconference. Email or call the Hearing Contact for details.

Alternate Location(s):
James R. Thompson Center
Room 9-035
100 West Randolph
Chicago, IL

Hearing Contact:
Keely Burton
Phone:(217) 558-5143
Fax:(217) 558-5407
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:
November 14, 2013
Register with:
Keely Burton
Phone:(217) 558-5143
Fax:(217) 558-5407

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
  • SSJ1401.pdf (230 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • SSJ1401part2.pdf (233 KB)