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ILLINOIS PROCUREMENT GATEWAY (IPG) VENDOR PORTAL ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS

Springfield, IL – The way that vendors may submit disclosures and certifications as part of the procurement process is changing in important ways.  On May 12, 2014, the Illinois Procurement Gateway (ipg.vendorreg.com) began accepting information from individuals and businesses that are interested in obtaining a state contract.  Once the Chief Procurement Office (CPO) reviews and approves a vendor's registration, the CPO notifies the vendor that their unique registration number with expiration date is approved for use (beginning July 1, 2014) in lieu of corresponding paperwork when responding to solicitations.  IPG 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.

Training in the use of the IPG is available for vendors.  See the "Events Calendar" on the homepage.  There is no fee to vendors for training or registering in the IPG.

NOTICE OF PROHIBITION ON POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS FOR VENDORS

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.

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.