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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #654JMG

Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase

Change Order
Published Tuesday September 13, 2022
Vendor: CareContent
Change Order Amount: $50,000
Increased estimated amount by $50,000 from $100,000 to $150,000 as detailed in the attached change order.

The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.

Award Info Published Friday April 16, 2021

CareContentChicago, IL

  • Amount: An estimated $100,000
  • Terms: An estimated start date of 4/15/2021 through 4/14/2023, 24 months
  • Renewals: 1 one-year
  • Potential Future Renewals: $50,000



1 total
0 BEP vendors
0 VBP vendors
0 Small businesses

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 April 12, 2021
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Monday, March 29, 2021
The University awarded a contract for to create and maintain a master content calendar to CareContent, Chicago, IL, for an estimated $100,000.
The UI Cancer Center (UI CC) is currently in the process of applying to be a nationally recognized cancer center. This designation comes from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) who have their own guidelines and requirements in order to qualify any Cancer Center to be designated.

One of the many requirements for our UI CC to be eligible is performing an all-around creation & update of content as well as optimization of our website's design. Therefore, a master content calendar (i.e. editorial calendar) which schedules the when and where to publish upcoming content, such as upcoming pieces, status updates, planned promotional activity, partnerships, and updates to existing content, etc. must be created and maintained on the website.

NCI requires that the website present a Cancer Center Members' directory with biographical content and images that must be created and content changes be implemented. The research content that occurs in labs (i.e. from the bench) to show case in a Members-only section the Data on Cancer Disparities, and Clinical Trials at UI CC has to be available and well represented on the website.

The ongoing technical support, updates and maintenance are action items that must be available to UI CC's website to provide monthly backups and ensure restoration of the most recent versions of the site. The standard that NCI requires of its designated cancer centers' websites require updates to WordPress (the platform our website is on) while making sure plugins are done bi-weekly. Additionally, analytics reporting is a very integral part of this process to show the websites' productivity and user flow.

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 CareContent, 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.

All sole source hearings under the jurisdiction of the Chief Procurement Officer for Higher Education will be conducted by tele-conference only until the in-person option is reinstated.

The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the compatibility of equipment, accessories, replacement parts, or service is a paramount consideration.

For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Janielle Graham
809 S. Marshfield Ave.
3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 413-2816
FAX: (312) 996-3135
Chief Procurement Officer - John Donato
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.

Hearing Details

April 14, 2021
9:00 AM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Catherine Bradbury
Phone: (217) 993-2327
Additional Information: All sole source hearings under the jurisdiction of the Chief Procurement Officer for Higher Education will be conducted by tele-conference only until the in-person option is reinstated.
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:
April 9, 2021
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
  • 654JMGCareContent.pdf (940 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 654JMGCareContentPt2.pdf (116 KB)
Other Public Documents
  • 654JMGChangeOrderJustificationSPOSigned.pdf (716 KB)