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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #321JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Renewal Info
Published Monday November 26, 2018
Renewal entered into with:
Vendor: General Electric Co
Amount: An estimated $700,000
Renewal: 1st of 1, 1/1/2019 through 12/31/2023
Pricing Changes: 
Service/Product Changes: 
Sole Source Status: 
Yes, this procurement remains a sole source.
Potential Future Renewals: None
The buyer for this procurement is now Janielle Graham, (312) 413-2816.
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Ashley Stewart.

The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
Award Info Published Wednesday December 11, 2013
Awarded to:
Vendor: General Electric Co, Fairfield, CT
Amount: An estimated $700,000
An estimated start date of 1/1/2014 through 12/31/2018, 60 months
1 five-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 Thursday November 21, 2013
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Monday, November 4, 2013
The University awarded a contract for continual GE service on the 3T MRI scanner. to General Electric Co, Fairfield, CT, for an estimated $700,000.
The GE Discovery 3T MRI scanner supports numerous multi-year, federally funded, research studies extending through 2018. A long term service agreement is requested to ensure uninterrupted operation of the highly advanced MRI equipment for the duration of these studies. Peripheral components to be covered by the agreement include GE Advantage Workstation, GE MR Signa Cryogens, Excite 3.0T Multi-Nuclear Spectroscopy Kit, amplifiers, cabling, T/R switch, up-converter, and cold head chiller. Major services consist of quality assurance checks and preventative maintenance for the 3T MRI scanner and its peripheral components.

More importantly, operating software and software updates available only from the equipment manufacturer are required to ensure human and non-human primate safety and validity of research study data..
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:
John Meehan
University of Ilinois at Chicago
Purchasing Division (M/C 560)
809 South Marshfield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612-7203
Phone: (312) 413-5961
FAX: (312) 996-2055
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.

November 20, 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 15, 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
  • 321JCM.pdf (1 MB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 321JCMpart2.pdf (35 KB)