(65 ILCS 5/11-48.3-24)
(from Ch. 24, par. 11-48.3-24)
All contracts for sale of property of the value of
more than $2,500 or for a concession in or lease of property, including air
rights, of the Authority for a term of more than one year shall be awarded
to the highest responsible bidder, after advertising for bids. All
construction contracts and contracts for supplies, materials, equipment and
services, when the expense thereof will exceed $2,500, shall be let to the
lowest responsible bidder, after advertising for bids, excepting (1) when
repair parts, accessories, equipment or services are required for equipment
or services previously furnished or contracted for; (2) when the nature of
the services required is such that competitive bidding is not in the best
interest of the public, including, without limiting the generality of the
foregoing, the services of accountants, architects, attorneys, engineers,
physicians, superintendents of construction and others possessing a high
degree of skill; (3) when services such as water, light, heat, power,
telephone or telegraph are required.
All contracts involving less than $2,500 shall be let by competitive
bidding to the lowest responsible bidder whenever possible, and in any
event in a manner calculated to insure the best interests of the public.
In determining the responsibility of any bidder, the Board may take into
account the past record of dealings with the bidder, experience, adequacy
of equipment, ability to complete performance within the time set, and
other factors besides financial responsibility, but in no case shall any
such contracts be awarded to any other than the highest bidder (in case of
sale, concession or lease) or the lowest bidder (in case of purchase or
expenditure) unless authorized or approved by a vote of at least
7 of the members of the Board, and unless such action is
accompanied by a statement in writing setting forth the reasons for not
awarding the contract to the highest or lowest bidder, as the case may be,
which statement shall be kept on file in the principal office of the
Authority and open to public inspection.
From the group of responsible bidders the lowest bidder shall be
selected in the following manner: to all bids for sales the gross receipts
of which are not taxable under the "Retailers' Occupation Tax Act", approved
June 28, 1933, as now or hereafter amended, there shall be added an amount
equal to the tax which would be payable under said Act, if applicable, and
the lowest in amount of said adjusted bids and bids for sales the gross
receipts of which are taxable under said Act shall be considered the lowest
bid; provided, that, if said lowest bid relates to a sale not taxable under
said Act, any contract entered into thereon shall be in the amount of the
original bid not adjusted as aforesaid.
Contracts shall not be split into parts involving expenditures of less
than $2,500 for the purposes of avoiding the provisions of this Section, and
all such split contracts shall be void. If any collusion occurs among
bidders or prospective bidders in restraint of freedom of competition, by
agreement to bid a fixed amount or to refrain from bidding or otherwise,
the bids of such bidders shall be void. Each bidder shall accompany his bid
with a sworn statement that he has not been a party to any such agreement.
Members of the Board, officers and employees of the Authority, and their
relatives within the fourth degree of consanguinity by the terms of the
civil law, are forbidden to be interested directly or indirectly in any
contract for construction or maintenance work or for the delivery of
materials, supplies or equipment.
The Board shall have the right to reject all bids and to readvertise for
bids. If after any such advertisement no responsible and satisfactory bid,
within the terms of the advertisement, shall be received, the Board may
award such contract, without competitive bidding, provided that it shall
not be less advantageous to the Authority than any valid bid received
pursuant to advertisement.
The Board shall adopt rules and regulations to carry into effect the
provisions of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 86-279.)