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Illinois Secretary of State
SoleSource #SoleSourceFordInterceptors
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Monday April 1, 2019
Awarded to:
Vendor: Morrow Brothers Ford, Greenfield, IL
Amount: An estimated $600,000
Terms:  One-time transaction
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 Friday March 8, 2019
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Monday, February 25, 2019
The University awarded a contract for 2019 Ford Interceptors (Ford Explorers) to Morrow Brothers Ford, Greenfield, IL, for an estimated $600,000.
The Illinois Secretary of State is giving notice of intent to award a contract as a Sole Source/Sole Economically Feasible Source to Morrow Brothers Ford for the following: 16 Ford Interceptors (Ford Explorers). A hearing is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on March 12, 2019 at the Michael J. Howlett Building, 501 S. Second St., Room 116, Springfield, IL 62756. Call in information for those unable to attend in person will be provided upon request. Interested parties wishing to request a hearing or submit comments must do so in writing and submit their request to the notice contact. Request for a public hearing by an interested party or written comments must be made by Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. CST. The hearing will be cancelled unless an interested party submits written comments or makes a written request for public hearing by Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. CST. If a public hearing is requested, ILSOS shall present testimony for or against the awarding of a sole source contract. The purpose of this hearing will be to receive information from the public as to whether a contract award by Sole Source is appropriate and in accordance with the Illinois Procurement Code. Formal rules of evidence will not apply. Hearings may be recorded in order to aid in the production of minutes. Parties may submit written comments in lieu of attending the hearing. Written comments will be afforded the same weight as oral comments received at hearing. After consideration of the testimony, the Chief Procurement Officer may approve the request to contract by the sole source procurement method.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the The 2019 Ford Explorers are in a sold out Status nationwide. It is highly unlikely there are dealerships that could source all these vehicles.

For additional information, contact:
Lisa Brockway
501 S. 2nd Street
Rm 116 Howlett Bldg
Springfield, IL 62756
Phone: (217) 785-5169
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.

March 12, 2019
2:00 PM
, IL

Hearing Contact:
Ashley Stewart
Phone:(217) 970-0986
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:
March 7, 2019
Register with:
Lisa Brockway
Phone:(217) 785-5169
Fax:(217) 524-0785

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
  • MorrowBrothers19PO016006part1.pdf (97 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • SoleSourcepart2FordInterceptors.pdf (469 KB)