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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Northern Illinois University
SoleSource #CAB022817
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Renewal Info
Published Thursday March 29, 2018
Renewal entered into with:
Vendor: Frontier North, Inc.
Amount: $305,000
Renewal: 1st of 1, 4/1/2018 through 3/31/2019
Pricing Changes: 
Service/Product Changes: 
Sole Source Status: 
Confirmed sole source.
Potential Future Renewals: None
The buyer for this procurement is now Keri Moreland, (815) 753-1373.
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Margaret van Dijk.

The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
Award Info Published Monday April 3, 2017
Awarded to:
Vendor: Frontier North, Inc., Sycamore, IL
Amount: An estimated $305,000
An estimated start date of 4/1/2017 through 3/31/2018, 12 months
1 one-year
Potential Future Renewals: $305,000
Frontier will maintain the current system (and Arrow to maintain the contact center) while the competitive RFP (CAB110916) completes its process and implementation. The selected vendor from the RFP will need installation and testing before we disconnect the Frontier system. The awarded vendor will replace both Frontier and Arrow.
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
The hearing has been modified
Published Monday March 20, 2017
A Sole Source hearing was held 3/15/2017. Hearing documents and the CPO determination have been attached to this bulletin notice (see CAB022817 Part 2).
First published Tuesday, February 28, 2017
The University awarded a contract for Trunking Services to Frontier North, Inc., Sycamore, IL, for an estimated $305,000.
Trunking to CS2100 phone switch to provide local and long distance phone services throughout NIU 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 additional information, contact:
Cindy Blanchard
Northern Illinois University
Office of Procurement Services
Lowden Hall, Room 107
DeKalb, IL 60115-2828
Phone: (815) 753-1674
FAX: (815) 753-6800
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.

March 15, 2017
2:00 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:
March 10, 2017
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
  • CAB022817Part1.pdf (478 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • CAB022817Part2.pdf (123 KB)