University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
After discussions with the CPO's Office, it has been determined that this is not a Procurement, and thus this Sole Source is being cancelled.
First published Tuesday, September 10, 2019
The University intends to award a contract for Student fee support of student-led media outlets to Illini Media Company, Chamapign, IL, for an estimated $540,000.
The University has a need to transfer the proceeds of the Student Media Fee, approved by student referendum and collected by the University, to Illini Media Company to support the publication of the student newspaper, yearbook, various websites and the student-led radio station. This is needed because the students of the University voted to initiate a student fee to support the Illini Media Company specifically in order to provide these media services. The end result will be that the University will pass along the proceeds of the student media fee to the vendor chosen by student referendum to provide the services they want.
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 Illini Media Company. 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 Illini Media Company is the specific company selected by student referendum to provide the student newspaper, yearbook, various websites, and radio station.
For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
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 25, 2019
401 S. Spring Street
If you cannot attend the meeting in-person at the primary location, you may attend via audio or video conference, as available, at one of the optional locations.
James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph
Potential participants are requested to call ahead to verify
location and get directions.
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.
September 20, 2019
The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire
qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.