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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.
CINDY KREBS AWARDED PROFESSIONAL BUYER OF THE YEAR
October 21, 2013
Cindy Krebs was named 2013 Professional Buyer of the Year by the Illinois Association of Public Procurement Officials (IAPPO). The Professional Buyer of the Year Award is given to the individual who demonstrates outstanding professionalism while making significant contributions to the field of public purchasing throughout the year.
Cindy has been a State Purchasing Officer since August 2012, worked for the State of Illinois in procurement for over 20 years, and been actively involved with IAPPO to improve the profession of governmental purchasing throughout the State.
The nominees must be a member in good standing of the IAPPO and have demonstrated a strong ethical background in public procurement. Nominees are active members in the association and have a proven record of applying best practices and leadership in their respective entities. Nominees are trustworthy, ethical and have the desire to advance the procurement profession by encouraging others through their own actions.
CHIEF PROCUREMENT OFFICE SPEAKS AT THE ILLINOIS CHAMBER'S ALL BUSINESS CONFERENCE
On October 10, 2013 CPO staff conducted a break-out session at the All Business Conference in Tinley Park, Illinois. Participants learned about Illinois' Small Business Set-Aside Program (SBSP) and the process for bidding on state contracts.
Scott McKinnery and Dave Freeman share information about SBSP
NEW MASTER CONTRACT FOR FAX MACHINES
The Chief Procurement Office for General Services recently awarded a statewide master contract for facsimile equipment. State agencies may order, directly from the vendor, Canon FaxPhone L190 (Mfg #6356B002) fax machines from Tallgrass Systems Limited.
Details of the statewide master contract:
- Contract # CPOGS 14001
- IPB Reference # 22030993
- Term 9/01/13 to 6/30/15
- Price $167.00 FOB Destination (savings from the mfg's suggested price of $269)
- Tallgrass Systems Ltd.
9501 W. 144th Place, Suite 100
Orland Park, IL 60462
Phone: (708) 349-2212
Fax: (708) 675-1087
CPOGS14001 contract CPOGS14001+Fax+Equipment+2.pdf
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING NEW LEGISLATION
All State vendors should be aware of P.A. 98-107, effective July 23, 2013. We encourage you to read the Act in its entirety.
Public Act 98-107 requires individuals or entities with contracts with State agencies under the jurisdiction of the executive branch, universities and community colleges to post certain employment vacancies on the Illinois Department of Employment Security’s IllinoisJobLink.com system or to provide an online link to its employment vacancies so the link is accessible through the web page of IllinoisJobLink.com.
This requirement does not apply to contracts for construction-related services, or to contracts with bona fide labor organizations for construction or construction-related services. State vendors are not required to post certain policy and executive level vacancies.For information and instruction as to the requirements of the Act and what vacancies must be posted, contact Bennett Krause at the Illinois Department of Employment Security, 217-558-2421 or Bennett.Krause@illinois.gov.
For a link to the Public Act, please go to www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fulltext.asp?Name=098-0107&GA=98.
VENDOR PORTAL COMING SOON!
The Illinois Procurement Code authorizes the Chief Procurement Officers to create and implement a portal to allow vendors to register in advance of a solicitation and have certain requirements vetted once instead of requiring vendors to submit that same information for each and every bid they submit. In furtherance of the Code, the Chief Procurement Officers jointly issued a RFP for a Vendor Portal in March of this year.
On June 14, the Chief Procurement Officers published an award to B2Gnow/AskReply, Inc. Details can be found on our Procurement Bulletin under reference #22030412. The CPOs are working with the vendor to prepare a six-month implementation schedule with full production planned for early 2014.