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NIGP CODE UPDATING BEGINS FOR IPB USERS

Beginning on February 20, 2014, new and existing users of the Illinois Procurement Bulletin (IPB) are able to identify their goods and services by selecting class codes from the NIGP list of codes.  The NIGP Code is a standard taxonomy used by the majority of states.  It provides better and more descriptions than the State's current Class Codes.  If you are already registered in the IPB, then you need to update your User Profile by selecting NIGP codes that correspond to your offered products or services.  State agencies will begin using the NIGP Code to procure goods and services in about 60 days, once the State's new vendor portal (called the Illinois Procurement Gateway) is officially launched.  Once the Procurement Gateway is live, the NIGP Code will be used exclusively and the current Class Codes will be obsolete.  See the "FAQ: NIGP Code User Update" on the Procurement Resources page of this website.

NOTICE OF PROHIBITION ON POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS FOR VENDORS

With the approaching election season, the Chief Procurement Office reminds vendors of the prohibition on political contributions found in Section 50-37 of the Illinois Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500/50-37).  We encourage every vendor to be familiar with this section of the Code and to seek legal advice as to how this section affects your company. The first day candidates may file nominating petitions with the State Board of Elections is November 25, 2013.  As such, please check the up-to-date listing of declared candidates available on the Board of Elections website at http://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionInformation/CandFiling.aspx.

Please note, in most cases contributions to the Governor and Lieutenant Governor as well as all other declared candidates for those offices are prohibited.  In addition, contributions made by entities and persons affiliated with your business are also prohibited.  For more information about which entities and persons are considered “affiliated” with your business, please see the Business Registration FAQ available on the State Board of Elections website at http://www.elections.il.gov/InfoForBusinesses.aspx or the Illinois Procurement Code at Section 50-37 (30 ILCS 500/50-37) available on the General Assembly’s website at http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=532&ChapterID=7.

If you are unsure whether the prohibition on political contributions applies to your business, please refer to the Illinois Procurement Code at Section 50-37 available on the General Assembly’s website at http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=532&ChapterID=7.

Finally, please note if a vendor is found to violate this prohibition, all contracts between State agencies and that vendor are voidable.  If a vendor violates this prohibition 3 or more times within a 36-month period, then all contracts between State agencies and that vendor are void.

VENDOR PORTAL COMING SOON!

Springfield, IL – Procurement in the State of Illinois will be getting a little easier.  Beginning in April 2014, individuals and businesses that are interested in obtaining a state contract may use a web-based vendor portal to receive approval from the State of Illinois Chief Procurement Office for meeting administrative procurement requirements in advance of responding to solicitations.  Portal registration minimizes the risk that the State will disqualify a vendor for administrative errors at the time of bid opening.  The portal also creates an electronic company record that may be updated at any time from an internet connection.  The portal is called the Illinois Procurement Gateway (IPG) and is managed by the Chief Procurement Office.