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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #388JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Tuesday June 30, 2015
Awarded to:
Vendor: Chicago Tribune Inc., Chicago, IL
Amount: An estimated $250,000
An estimated start date of 7/1/2015 through 6/30/2018, 36 months
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 Tuesday June 2, 2015
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The University awarded a contract for Advertising on Chicago Tribune's media outlets to Chicago Tribune Inc., Chicago, IL, for an estimated $250,000.
Chicago Tribune Inc. comprising of CLTV and Chicago Tribune print media is a high impact and enduring form of advertising. CLTV and Chicago Tribune print media are necessary to supplement and build marketplace awareness of the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UIHHSS).

UIHHSS has decided in consultation with it's marketing consultant, Laughlin Constable, that only Chicago Tribune outlets thoroughly reach the targeted audience and therefore they are the sole source provider. The UIHHSS targeted marketplace is specific toward African-Americans, Latinos/Hispanics, and Influential purchasers of healthcare within the primary service area of UIHHSS locality In addition to WGN and CLTV, Televised Vendors include Video 44 (Telemundo, WSNS TV 44), Univision Television Group (WGBO Channel 66), Unimas Television Group, and Comcast Cable are reviewed. In addition to Tribune Media Group, other print media including ImpreMedia Operating Company, Lawndale News, The Near West/South Gazette, Chicago Sun Times, and Chicago Health Magazine are also reviewed. However, none of these vendors air the “Living Healthy Chicago” television segments or publish as many publications as the Tribune Media Group and therefore, no other vendor is comparable.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the media is for advertising.

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 - 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.

June 3, 2015
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 or video conference, as available, at one of the optional locations.

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

Hearing Contact:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 558-3050
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:
May 29, 2015
Register with:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 558-3050
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
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Sole Source Justification Part 2
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