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University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #519JMG
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Monday October 15, 2018
Awarded to:
Vendor: Dr. Tilman Koelsch, Westminster, CO
Amount: An estimated $300,000
An estimated start date of 10/15/2018 through 10/14/2019, 12 months
3 one-year
Potential Future Renewals: $900,000
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 Monday October 1, 2018
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Friday, September 14, 2018
The University awarded a contract for NIOSH certified "B" reader to Dr. Tilman Koelsch, Westminster, CO, for an estimated $300,000.
The state of Queensland, Australia has more than 30,000 active coal miners and thousands more former miners who are at risk for lung disease known as Black Lung. Black Lung is the common name for coal workers pneumoconiosis (CWP), a disease caused by long-term exposure to coal dust. In the mid 1980?s Australia medical surveillance of coal miners was changed to a fitness for work program. Monitoring for Black Lung Disease was significantly reduced. This led to the erroneous conclusion that Black Lung was eradicated. In November 2015 Black Lung was confirmed in miners and this lead to thousands of Queensland miners being checked for black lung disease. Those in the industry (mining companies, unions, and government) fear there are far more cases yet to emerge and that former miners may have died from black lung but were misdiagnosed.

The volume of image reports (which each need two reads from different B Readers) required by DNRME is a minimum of 800 (1,600 reads) per month. If the minimum is not met, the payment per report is reduced by 40%. The client also requested in July 2018 that the number of reports returned per month increase to 2,000 or more (4,000 plus reads) within the coming weeks, and that the turn-around time for returning reports be decreased (i.e., reduced time from receiving a miner?s x-ray to returning the ILO classification report). Dr. Koelsch's B reading contributions will ensure that the contractual obligations and the sponsor's expectations are met/exceeded and that revenue is not reduced or the contract jeopardized.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the items are required for research and no other source is able to meet the researcher's documented needs.

For additional information, contact:
Janielle Graham
809 S. Marshfield Ave.
3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 413-2816
FAX: (312) 996-3135
State Purchasing Officer - Margaret van Dijk

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.

October 3, 2018
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Margaret van Dijk
Phone:(217) 720-0293
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 28, 2018
Register with:
Margaret van Dijk
Phone:(217) 720-0293

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
  • 519JMGTilmanKoelsch.pdf (570 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 519JMGPt2.pdf (47 KB)