(30 ILCS 525/4)
(from Ch. 85, par. 1604)
Bids, offers, and small purchases.
The purchases of all personal property, supplies and services under
this Act, except for small purchases, shall be based on competitive solicitations unless, for purchases made pursuant to subsection (a) of Section 2 of this Act, it is the determination of the applicable chief procurement officer that it is impractical to obtain competition. Purchases pursuant to this Section shall follow the same procedures used for competitive solicitations made pursuant to the Illinois Procurement Code when the State is a party to the joint purchase. For purchases made pursuant to subsection (a) of Section 2 of this Act where the applicable chief procurement officer makes the determination that it is impractical to obtain competition, purchases shall either follow the same procedure used for sole source procurements in Section 20-25 of the Illinois Procurement Code or the same procedure used for emergency purchases in Section 20-30 of the Illinois Procurement Code. For purchases pursuant to subsection (a) of Section 2, bids and offers shall be
solicited by public notice inserted at least once in a newspaper of general
circulation in one of the counties where the materials are to be used and
at least 5 calendar days before the final date of submitting bids or offers, except as otherwise provided in this Section. Where
the State of Illinois is a party to the joint purchase agreement, public
notice soliciting the bids or offers shall be published in the appropriate volume of the Illinois Procurement Bulletin. Such notice shall include a general description of the supplies or services to be purchased and shall state where specifications may be obtained and the time and place for the
opening of bids and offers. The governmental unit conducting the competitive procurement process may also
solicit sealed bids or offers by sending requests by mail to potential contractors
and by posting notices on a public bulletin board in its office. Small purchases pursuant to this Section shall follow the same procedure used for small purchases in Section 20-20 of the Illinois Procurement Code.
All purchases, orders or contracts shall be awarded to the lowest
responsible bidder or highest-ranked offeror, taking into consideration the qualities of the articles
or services supplied, their conformity with the specifications, their
suitability to the requirements of the participating governmental units and
the delivery terms.
Where the State of Illinois is not a party, all bids or offers may be rejected and
new bids or offers solicited if one or more of the participating governmental units
believes the public interest may be served thereby. Each bid or offer, with the name
of the bidder or offeror, shall be entered on a record, which record with the
successful bid or offer, indicated thereon shall, after the award of the purchase or
order or contract, be open to public inspection. A copy of all contracts
shall be filed with the purchasing office or clerk or secretary of each
participating governmental unit.
(Source: P.A. 100-43, eff. 8-9-17.)