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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Northern Illinois University
RFP #JMT0321

Request for Proposal: Advertising Consulting

Renewal Info
Published Tuesday June 28, 2022
Renewal entered into with:
Vendor: DCC Marketing LLC
Amount: An estimated $50,000
Renewal: 1st of 3, 10/1/2022 through 9/30/2023
Pricing Changes: 
Service/Product Changes: 
Potential Future Renewals: $300,000
The Chief Procurement Officer for this procurement is now John Donato.
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Carla Carreno.
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 September 15, 2021

DCC Marketing LLCDecatur, IL

  • Amount: An estimated $50,000
  • BEP [20% / $0]
  • Terms: An estimated start date of 10/1/2021 through 9/30/2022
  • Renewals: 3 one-year
  • Potential Future Renewals: $350,000

Unsuccessful respondents (1)



2 total

1 successful respondent

1 unsuccessful respondent

1 BEP vendors
0 VBP vendors
0 Small businesses

Buyer for this procurement: Jean Ann Thomas, (815) 753-9558

Chief procurement officer for this procurement: John Donato

State purchasing officer for this procurement: Carla Carreno

The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.

This notice has been modified
Published Monday March 1, 2021
Addendum #2 is available.
This notice has been modified
Published Wednesday February 24, 2021
Addendum #1 is available and issued to provide responses to vendor questions.
First published Monday, February 15, 2021
Sealed proposals will be accepted below until 2:00 PM, Wednesday March 17, 2021:
At the following address:
Electronic Submittals Only
No Physical Responses Accepted
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E-Bidding Tab
E-Bidding, IL 60115
via Electronic Bidding
Northern Illinois University (NIU) wishes to evaluate proposals from recruitment and professional advertising consulting firms who have experience working with higher education in the Chicago area to coordinate employee recruitment research and strategic advertising of potential employment vacancies for NIU on as as needed basis. Typical positions advertised under this contract may include administrative executives, directors, civil service positions and faculty titles. NIU is committed to employing a well-qualified and diverse workforce and supports extra effort to assure diversity in its applicant pools. This RFP may result in multiple awards based on the needs of the University. Successful vendor(s) will be expected to be completely familiar with how the latest techniques in recruitment advertising can be applied to higher education. Vendor(s) must work with advertising services for higher education institutions that acknowledge following guidelines set forth for Affirmative Action website: and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) website:

For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Jean Ann Thomas
Northern Illinois University
Procurement Services & Contract Management
590 College Avenue
Lowden Hall, Room 109
DeKalb, IL 60115-2828
Phone: (815) 753-9558
FAX: (815) 753-6800
Chief Procurement Officer - John Donato
State Purchasing Officer - Carla Carreno
Submit 1 copies of the response as defined in the specifications.
The University reserves the right to accept or reject any and all responses or parts thereof.
Vendor may expect payment thirty to sixty days after receipt of invoice, unless otherwise stated in the bid documents.
Proposal documents may be obtained by contacting the Purchasing Office.
This procurement may be contingent on Board of Trustees approval.
Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) eligibility number is required on all proposals, if applicable.
There is a 20 percent BEP goal for this procurement. See solicitation documentation for details.
The contract(s) for this solicitation could exceed $50,000 annually.

This transaction is subject to the State Board of Elections registration and certification requirements of Public Act 095-0971.

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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Specification Documents
  • JMT0321_Addendum_1.pdf (225 KB)
  • JMT0321_Addendum_2.pdf (210 KB)
  • RFP_JMT0321_Advertising_Consulting.pdf (730 KB)
Other Public Documents
  • RFPOpeningFormJMT0321.pdf (286 KB)