(30 ILCS 500/20-15)
Competitive sealed proposals.
(a) Conditions for use. When provided under this Code or under
rules, or when
the purchasing agency determines in writing that the use of
competitive sealed bidding
is either not practicable or not advantageous to the State, a
contract may be entered into by
competitive sealed proposals.
(b) Request for proposals. Proposals shall be solicited
through a request for proposals.
(c) Public notice. Public notice of the request for
proposals shall be published in the
Illinois Procurement Bulletin at least 14 calendar days before the date set
in the invitation for the opening
(d) Receipt of proposals. Proposals shall be opened
publicly or via an electronic procurement system in the presence of one or
more witnesses at the time and place designated in the request for
proposals, but proposals shall
be opened in a manner to avoid disclosure of contents to competing
offerors during the process
of negotiation. A record of proposals shall be prepared and
shall be open for public inspection
after contract award.
(e) Evaluation factors. The requests for proposals shall
state the relative importance of
price and other evaluation factors. Proposals shall be submitted
in 2 parts: the first, covering
items except price; and the second, covering price. The first
part of all proposals shall be
evaluated and ranked independently of the second part of
(f) Discussion with responsible offerors and revisions of offers or
proposals. As provided in the
request for proposals and under rules, discussions
may be conducted with
responsible offerors who submit offers or proposals determined to be
reasonably susceptible of being
selected for award for the purpose of clarifying and assuring full
understanding of and
responsiveness to the solicitation requirements. Those offerors
shall be accorded fair and equal
treatment with respect to any opportunity for discussion and
revision of proposals. Revisions
may be permitted after submission and before award for the
purpose of obtaining best and final
offers. In conducting discussions there shall be no disclosure of
any information derived from
proposals submitted by competing offerors.
If information is disclosed to any offeror, it shall be
provided to all competing offerors.
(g) Award. Awards shall be made to the responsible offeror
whose proposal is
determined in writing to be the most advantageous to the State,
taking into consideration price and the evaluation factors set forth in the request for proposals.
The contract file shall contain
the basis on which the award is
(Source: P.A. 100-43, eff. 8-9-17.)