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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #584JMG
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Wednesday September 11, 2019
Awarded to:
Vendor: LinkedIn, Inc., Mountain View, CA
Amount: An estimated $900,000
An estimated start date of 9/15/2019 through 9/14/2022, 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 Monday September 9, 2019
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
The Chief Procurement Officer for this procurement is now Ben Bagby.
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Catherine Bradbury.
First published Monday, August 26, 2019
The University awarded a contract for employer advertisement and recruitment tools to LinkedIn, Inc., Mountain View, CA, for an estimated $900,000.
The University of Illinois Hospital & Clinics is located in the Illinois Medical District / Near West Neighborhood of Chicago, the third largest city by population and the third largest media market in the U.S. As Illinois's only state-owned Hospital, serving the under-insured patients of Illinois and recognized as a Disproportionate Share Hospital it has a limited marketing & advertising budget to attract applicants for direct patient care and leadership vacancies. This difficulty is compounded by fierce competition from several healthcare organizations in the area, including The University of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Loyola as well as several Hospitals residing within several blocks of UI Health which includes Rush University Medical Center, Cook Country Health and the Jesse Brown VA. These competitors attract applicants by large marketing, advertising and recruitment budgets. As the baby boomer generation nears retirement age, healthcare organizations will be competing to fill more vacancies than they've had to replace in the past 15 years. As a result, UI Health must differentiate itself from the competition and cost effectively market and advertise job vacancies in a highly competitive landscape. The university, on information and belief, has concluded that only one vendor can meet its need or can meet the need economically. That vendor is LinkedIn, Inc. The university has provided detailed justification to support its conclusion as shown on the attached Sole Source Justification Form.

Although the university has presented this as a sole source procurement, we are seeking competitive information from firms with the capability of meeting the university's need (even if performed in a manner different from what has been presented) to contact us and provide sufficient information to show the need can be met. If we receive that information, the Chief Procurement Officer will offer a public hearing to consider the matter. Hearing information is described below.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the media is for advertising.

For additional information, contact:
Janielle Graham
809 S. Marshfield Ave.
3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 413-2816
FAX: (312) 996-3135
Chief Procurement Officer - Ben Bagby
State Purchasing Officer - Catherine Bradbury

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 11, 2019
9:00 AM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Catherine Bradbury
Phone:(217) 993-2327
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 6, 2019
Register with:
Catherine Bradbury
Phone:(217) 993-2327

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
  • 584JMGLinkedIn.pdf (841 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 584JMGPt2.pdf (38 KB)