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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
Emergency Award #JMG913

Announcement of an Emergency Award/Quick Purchase

Award Info Awarded Monday October 11, 2021

Vargas GroupChicago, IL

  • Amount: An estimated $339,571
  • Terms: An estimated start date of 10/11/2021 through 1/9/2022
  • Renewals: None



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.

First published Thursday, October 7, 2021
The University awarded a contract for temporary cleaning & housekeeping services.
This emergency/quick purchase was required due to a situation in which public health or safety was threatened.
Executive Order 2021-20 issued on August 26, 2021 imposes COVID-19 vaccination requirements for "Higher Education Personnel". Approximately thirty (30) building service workers are non-compliant with this order and are therefore ineligible to work on campus. Our current vendor Southwest Service Corporation (SSC (E&I/IPHEC vendor), does not have the staff to meet the University needs for temporary cleaning, housekeeping, and COVID-19 disinfection services. This situation means that five campus buildings do not have personnel available to provide cleaning and disinfection services - a threat to public health. The vendor Vargas Group is able to provide compliant personnel to clean these buildings while the University seeks a competitive solicitation during the emergency.

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 - Lee Saulter

This transaction is subject to the State Board of Elections registration and certification requirements of Public Act 095-0971.

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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  • JMG913VargasEmergencysigned.pdf (71 KB)