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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Western Illinois University
SoleSource #S088763
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Renewal Info
Published Tuesday June 12, 2018
Renewal entered into with:
Vendor: National Public Radio
Amount: An estimated $150,000
Renewal: 1st of 3, 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
Pricing Changes: 
Service/Product Changes: 
Sole Source Status: 
Exemption: Membership, programming and digital services
Potential Future Renewals: $300,000

The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
Award Info Published Thursday September 7, 2017
Awarded to:
Vendor: National Public Radio, Washington, DC
Amount: An estimated $150,000
An estimated start date of 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018, 12 months
3 one-year
Potential Future Renewals: $450,000
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 August 21, 2017
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Thursday, August 3, 2017
The University awarded a contract for Public Radio Programming to National Public Radio, Washington, DC, for an estimated $150,000.
Tri States Public Radio is the NPR affiliate station for a large region of west-central Illinois, southeast Iowa and northeast Missouri; public radio broadcasts provide the best and in many cases the only access to high-quality news and information and cultural programming that is available from NPR. NPR also provides seamless integration of local and national content to the Tri States Public Radio website.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the procurement is radio and television broadcast rights.

For additional information, contact:
Bonnie Helms
Sherman Hall 227
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: (309) 298-1819
FAX: (309) 298-1927
State Purchasing Officer - Margaret van Dijk

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.

August 23, 2017
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Jenessa Conner
Phone:(217) 299-3957
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.

Registration Deadline:
August 18, 2017
Register with:
Jenessa Conner
Phone:(217) 299-3957

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
  • S088763.pdf (359 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • S088763Pt2.pdf (41 KB)