TITLE 44: GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS, GRANTMAKING, PROCUREMENT AND PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
SUBTITLE B: SUPPLEMENTAL PROCUREMENT RULES
CHAPTER XX: ATTORNEY GENERAL
PART 1300 ATTORNEY GENERAL'S PROCUREMENT
SECTION 1300.5037 VENDOR REGISTRATION, CERTIFICATION AND PROHIBITION ON POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS
Section 1300.5037 Vendor Registration, Certification and Prohibition on Political Contributions
Illinois law [10 ILCS 5/9-35 and 30 ILCS 500/20-160 and 50-37] (the statutes) restricts political contributions by vendors and affiliated entities; requires registration with the State Board of Elections (SBEL); and requires solicitation and contract certifications relative to the requirements of the law. This Section supplements requirements found in the statutes and does not excuse compliance with any of those requirements.
b) General Registration Requirements
1) These requirements apply to contracts, bids and proposals that are subject to the Code and this Part;
A) Bids/proposals referenced in this Section are those submitted in response to a competitive solicitation that is posted to the Bulletin on or after January 1, 2009, regardless of the value assigned to the procurement.
B) Bids and proposals include pending bids and proposals.
C) These requirements generally apply to a vendor whose existing State contracts have an aggregate value in excess of $50,000, whose aggregate value of bids/proposals for State contracts exceeds $50,000, or whose aggregate value of State contracts and bids/proposals exceeds $50,000.
D) This value is calculated on a calendar-year basis.
2) On a calendar-year basis, each vendor or potential vendor must keep track of the value of contracts and bids/proposals. Vendors must register with SBEL when the vendor determines that the value of the contracts and bids/proposals meets the threshold for registration.
3) An "executive employee" means:
A) the President, Chairman of the Board, or Chief Executive Officer of a business entity and any other individual that fulfills equivalent duties as the President, Chairman of the Board, or Chief Executive Officer of a business entity.
B) any employee of a business entity whose compensation is determined directly, in whole or in part, by the award or payment of contracts by a State agency to the entity employing the employee, irrespective of the employee's title or status in the business entity. For the purposes of this subsection (b)(3)(B), compensation determined directly by award or payment of contracts means a payment over and above regular salary that would not be made if it were not for the award of the contract.
c) Bids and Proposals
1) The CPO, or his or her designee, shall determine whether a business entity is required to register with SBEL and, if so, whether the business entity is in compliance with the registration requirements on the date the bid or proposal is due.
2) If the CPO determines that a business entity is required to register with SBEL and the business entity is not in compliance with the registration requirements, then the CPO shall not accept the business entity's bid or proposal.
3) Upon discovery of noncompliance with SBEL registration requirements, if the bidder or offeror made a good faith effort to comply with registration efforts prior to the date the bid or offer is due, the CPO may provide the bidder or offeror five business days to achieve compliance. The CPO may extend the time to prove compliance as long as necessary, in the event that there is a failure within the SBEL's registration system.
A copy of the Registration Certificate must be in the procurement file as set forth in this subsection (d), unless the vendor certifies it is not required to register.
1) For contract renewals and extensions, if the value of the renewal or extension by itself, or in combination with the contract being renewed/extended and other contracts and bids/proposals exceeds $50,000, the vendor must provide the Registration Certificate and make the appropriate contract certification, if it has not already done so.
2) For indefinite quantity/estimated value contracts, a vendor who is otherwise not required to register shall register with SBEL when the value of orders placed pursuant to an indefinite/estimated value contract plus all other contracts and bids/proposals exceeds $50,000.
3) For contract amendments, if the value of the amendment, by itself or in combination with the contract being renewed plus other contracts and bids/proposals, exceeds $50,000, the vendor must provide the Registration Certificate and make the appropriate contract certification, if it has not already done so.
4) Any contracts mistakenly executed in violation of this Section must be amended to include the contract certifications. If any violation by the vendor is not cured within 7 days after receipt of notification of the violation, the contract is voidable by the State without penalty.
5) Contract certification required by the statutes shall be included in or added to each contract that must be filed with the State Comptroller pursuant to Section 20-80 of the Code and those written, two-party contracts that need not be filed with the Comptroller. The OAG may require written confirmation of the rule-imposed certification at any time.
(Source: Amended at 42 Ill. Reg. 13585, effective June 29, 2018)