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University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #420JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Thursday September 18, 2014
Awarded to:
Vendor: Chicago Fire Soccer Club, Bridgeview, IL
Amount: An estimated $642,907
An estimated start date of 9/25/2014 through 12/31/2017, 39 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 Wednesday September 10, 2014
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, August 26, 2014
The University awarded a contract for sponsorship with Chicago Fire Soccer Club to Chicago Fire Soccer Club, Bridgeview, IL, for an estimated $642,907.
Major league sports team sponsorship providing visibility for University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System to targeted Latino population in Chicago market through stadium inclusion and involvement in other community based activities sponsored by the Chicago Fire Soccer Club. This three year request will lock in pricing yielding a cost savings and will cancel the existing Contract reference # 166JCM.

Continuing a significant marketing opportunity for the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System to expand the brand to a desired population (Latino soccer goers) as part of an expanded market awareness campaign. UI Health saw an increase in in Positive Impression (+42%) and Reputation (34%) over the past year. As of January 2014, 47% of the Chicago Hispanic population was familiar with UI Hospital, sponsoring the Chicago Fire has aiding in creating this familiarity. The Fire have the greatest percentage of Hispanic fans than any other Chicago pro sports team at 42% (by comparison White Sox and Bulls sit at 18%).
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.

September 10, 2014
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:
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:
September 5, 2014
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
  • 420JCMPart1.pdf (291 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 420JCMPart2.pdf (45 KB)