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University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #646JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Thursday February 25, 2016
Awarded to:
Vendor: Nielsen Company (US) LLC, New York, NY
Amount: An estimated $125,000
An estimated start date of 2/15/2016 through 2/14/2021, 60 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 February 8, 2016
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Wednesday, January 20, 2016
The University awarded a contract for Nielsen data from all markets about e-cigarettes to Nielsen Company (US) LLC, New York, NY, for an estimated $125,000.
Nielsen will provide to UIC's Institute for Health Research and Policy, National Television Ratings Data (Network, Cable, Syndication) and Local Television Ratings Data (Spot, Network Clearance, Syndicated Clearance) in all markets, for electronic cigarette advertisements during the period of calendar years 2010-2019.

The data provides estimates of television tuning and viewing in all Designated Market Areas, with detailed information regarding advertising occurrence for advertiser categories relevant to the proposed research aims.

No other vendor offers the data modules with the needed information. We did review the offerings of the vendor Rentrak but they do not provide local TV ratings. Local TV ratings are critical for the project topic area: e-cigarettes and vape shops.
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:
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.

February 10, 2016
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 720-7105
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:
February 5, 2016
Register with:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 720-7105
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
  • 646JCMPart1.pdf (320 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 646JCMPart2.pdf (60 KB)