University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #142VLH

Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase

Renewal Info
Published Thursday January 26, 2023
Renewal entered into with:
Vendor: The College Tour
Amount: An estimated $110,000
Renewal: 1 of 1, 7/1/2023 through 6/30/2024
Pricing Changes: 
Service/Product Changes: 
Sole Source Status: 
Yes, this procurement remains a sole source.
Potential Future Renewals: None
The University has taken into account 30 ILCS 575/8i of the BEP Act in conducting this renewal.

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

Award Info Published Thursday December 22, 2022

The College TourAustin, TX

  • Amount: An estimated $120,000
  • Terms: An estimated start date of 1/3/2023 through 6/30/2023, 6 months
  • Renewals: 1 twelve-month
  • Potential Future Renewals: $110,000



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 November 21, 2022
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Monday, November 7, 2022
The University awarded a contract for Filming of TV Episode UIC The College Tour to The College Tour, Austin, TX, for an estimated $120,000.
Vendor will provide UIC with one half hour TV episode comprised of approximately ten, two- and one-half minute segments for airing on the TV show "The College Tour" and online digitally in both long form, full episode and short form, individual segments to reach and engage large numbers of potential students and parents through the content created.

We are looking to reach a large number of potential students and parents that will impact our application and ultimately our enrollment numbers here on campus. We also want to showcase the rich history of this campus and showcase everything UIC has to offer to a wide audience in the US and potentially outside of the US as well. The episode is also used as school counselor content when teaching about applying to college, they have a network of 60000 counselors that will also receive an alert on the episode as part of their publicity, as well as on their social media channels.

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 The College Tour. 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 media is for advertising. The College Tour is the only vendor that provides the TV show series that focuses on colleges and universities.

For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Vernell Hammons
UIC Purchasing and Contract Management
809 S. Marshfield Ave.
3rd floor (MC 560)
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 996-3409
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

November 23, 2022
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:
November 18, 2022
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.


To obtain any of the following documents, please log into your Bulletin account.

Sole Source Justification

  • 142VLHTheCollege.pdf (763 KB)

Sole Source Justification Part 2

  • 142VLHPt2.pdf (85 KB)

Conflict of Interest Document

  • FinancialDisclosuresandConflictsofInterest142VLH-Completed.pdf (245 KB)
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