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30 ILCS 535/1

    (30 ILCS 535/1) (from Ch. 127, par. 4151-1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Architectural, Engineering, and Land Surveying Qualifications Based Selection Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-673.)

30 ILCS 535/5

    (30 ILCS 535/5) (from Ch. 127, par. 4151-5)
    Sec. 5. State policy on procurement of architectural, engineering, and land surveying services. It is the policy of State agencies of this State to publicly announce all requirements for architectural, engineering, and land surveying services, to procure these services on the basis of demonstrated competence and qualifications, to negotiate contracts at fair and reasonable prices, and to authorize the Department of Professional Regulation to enforce the provisions of Section 65 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-673.)

30 ILCS 535/10

    (30 ILCS 535/10) (from Ch. 127, par. 4151-10)
    Sec. 10. Federal requirements. In the procurement of architectural, engineering, and land surveying services and in the awarding of contracts, a State agency may comply with federal law and regulations including, but not limited to, Public Law 92-582 (Federal Architect-Engineer Selection Law, Brooks Law, 40 U.S.C. 541) and take all necessary steps to adapt its rules, specifications, policies, and procedures accordingly to remain eligible for federal aid.
(Source: P.A. 87-673.)

30 ILCS 535/15

    (30 ILCS 535/15) (from Ch. 127, par. 4151-15)
    Sec. 15. Definitions. As used in this Act:
    "Architectural services" means any professional service as defined in Section 5 of the Illinois Architecture Practice Act of 1989.
    "Engineering services" means any professional service as defined in Section 4 of the Professional Engineering Practice Act of 1989 or Section 5 of the Structural Engineering Practice Act of 1989.
    "Firm" means any individual, sole proprietorship, firm, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity permitted by law to practice the profession of architecture, engineering, or land surveying and provide those services.
    "Land surveying services" means any professional service as defined in Section 5 of the Illinois Professional Land Surveyor Act of 1989.
    "Project" means any capital improvement project or any design, study, plan, survey, or new or existing program activity of a State agency, including development of new or existing programs that require architectural, engineering, or land surveying services.
    "State agency" means any department, commission, council, board, bureau, committee, institution, agency, university, government corporation, authority, or other establishment or official of this State.
(Source: P.A. 91-91, eff. 1-1-00.)

30 ILCS 535/20

    (30 ILCS 535/20) (from Ch. 127, par. 4151-20)
    Sec. 20. Prequalification. A State agency shall establish procedures to prequalify firms seeking to provide architectural, engineering, and land surveying services or may use prequalification lists from other State agencies to meet the requirements of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 87-673.)

30 ILCS 535/25

    (30 ILCS 535/25) (from Ch. 127, par. 4151-25)
    Sec. 25. Public notice. Whenever a project requiring architectural, engineering, or land surveying services is proposed for a State agency, the State agency shall provide no less than a 14 day advance notice published in a professional services bulletin or advertised within the official State newspaper setting forth the projects and services to be procured. The professional services bulletin shall be available electronically and may be available in print. The professional services bulletin shall include a description of each project and shall state the time and place for interested firms to submit a letter of interest and, if required by the public notice, a statement of qualifications.
(Source: P.A. 92-345, eff. 8-10-01.)

30 ILCS 535/30

    (30 ILCS 535/30) (from Ch. 127, par. 4151-30)
    Sec. 30. Evaluation procedure. A State agency shall evaluate the firms submitting letters of interest and other prequalified firms, taking into account qualifications; and the State agency may consider, but shall not be limited to considering, ability of professional personnel, past record and experience, performance data on file, willingness to meet time requirements, location, workload of the firm and any other qualifications based factors as the State agency may determine in writing are applicable. The State agency may conduct discussions with and require public presentations by firms deemed to be the most qualified regarding their qualifications, approach to the project and ability to furnish the required services.
    A State agency shall establish a committee to select firms to provide architectural, engineering, and land surveying services. A selection committee may include at least one public member nominated by a statewide association of the profession affected. The public member may not be employed or associated with any firm holding a contract with the State agency nor may the public member's firm be considered for a contract with that State agency while he or she is serving as a public member of the committee.
    In addition, the Department of Transportation may appoint public members to selection committees that represent the geographic, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the population of the State, including persons nominated by associations representing minority and female-owned business associations. Public members shall be licensed in or have received a degree from an accredited college or university in one of the professions affected and shall not be employed by, associated with, or have an ownership interest in any firm holding or seeking to hold a contract while serving as a public member of the committee.
    In no case shall a State agency, prior to selecting a firm for negotiation under Section 40, seek formal or informal submission of verbal or written estimates of costs or proposals in terms of dollars, hours required, percentage of construction cost, or any other measure of compensation.
(Source: P.A. 96-37, eff. 7-13-09; 96-849, eff. 12-23-09.)

30 ILCS 535/35

    (30 ILCS 535/35) (from Ch. 127, par. 4151-35)
    Sec. 35. Selection procedure. On the basis of evaluations, discussions, and any presentations, the State agency shall select no less than 3 firms it determines to be qualified to provide services for the project and rank them in order of qualifications to provide services regarding the specific project. The State agency shall then contact the firm ranked most preferred to negotiate a contract at a fair and reasonable compensation. If fewer than 3 firms submit letters of interest and the State agency determines that one or both of those firms are so qualified, the State agency may proceed to negotiate a contract under Section 40. The decision of the State agency shall be final and binding.
(Source: P.A. 87-673.)

30 ILCS 535/40

    (30 ILCS 535/40) (from Ch. 127, par. 4151-40)
    Sec. 40. Contract negotiation.
    (a) The State agency shall prepare a written description of the scope of the proposed services to be used as a basis for negotiations and shall negotiate a contract with the highest qualified firm at compensation that the State agency determines in writing to be fair and reasonable. In making this decision, the State agency shall take into account the estimated value, scope, complexity, and professional nature of the services to be rendered. In no case may a State agency establish a maximum overhead rate or other payment formula designed to eliminate firms from contention or restrict competition or negotiation of fees.
    (b) If the State agency is unable to negotiate a satisfactory contract with the firm that is most preferred, negotiations with that firm shall be terminated. The State agency shall then begin negotiations with the firm that is next preferred. If the State agency is unable to negotiate a satisfactory contract with that firm, negotiations with that firm shall be terminated. The State agency shall then begin negotiations with the firm that is next preferred.
    (c) If the State agency is unable to negotiate a satisfactory contract with any of the selected firms, the State agency shall re-evaluate the architectural, engineering, or land surveying services requested, including the estimated value, scope, complexity, and fee requirements. The State agency shall then compile a second list of not less than 3 qualified firms and proceed in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
    (d) A firm negotiating a contract with a State agency shall negotiate subcontracts for architectural, engineering, and land surveying services at compensation that the firm determines in writing to be fair and reasonable based upon a written description of the scope of the proposed services.
(Source: P.A. 87-673.)

30 ILCS 535/45

    (30 ILCS 535/45) (from Ch. 127, par. 4151-45)
    Sec. 45. Small contracts. The provisions of Sections 25, 30, and 35 do not apply to architectural, engineering, and land surveying contracts with an estimated basic professional services fee of less than $25,000.
(Source: P.A. 92-861, eff. 1-3-03.)

30 ILCS 535/50

    (30 ILCS 535/50) (from Ch. 127, par. 4151-50)
    Sec. 50. Emergency services. Sections 25, 30, and 35 do not apply in the procurement of architectural, engineering, and land surveying services by State agencies (i) when an agency determines in writing that it is in the best interest of the State to proceed with the immediate selection of a firm or (ii) in emergencies when immediate services are necessary to protect the public health and safety, including, but not limited to, earthquake, tornado, storm, or natural or man-made disaster.
(Source: P.A. 87-673.)

30 ILCS 535/55

    (30 ILCS 535/55) (from Ch. 127, par. 4151-55)
    Sec. 55. Firm performance evaluation. Each State agency shall evaluate the performance of each firm upon completion of a contract. That evaluation shall be made available to the firm who may submit a written response, with the evaluation and response retained solely by the agency. The evaluation and response shall not be made available to any other person or firm and is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-673.)

30 ILCS 535/60

    (30 ILCS 535/60) (from Ch. 127, par. 4151-60)
    Sec. 60. Certificate of compliance. Each contract for architectural, engineering, and land surveying services by a State agency shall contain a certificate signed by a representative of the State agency and the firm that the provisions of this Act were complied with.
(Source: P.A. 87-673.)

30 ILCS 535/65

    (30 ILCS 535/65) (from Ch. 127, par. 4151-65)
    Sec. 65. Scope. No person, corporation, or partnership licensed or registered under the Illinois Architecture Practice Act of 1989, the Professional Engineering Practice Act of 1989, the Structural Engineering Practice Act of 1989, or the Illinois Professional Land Surveyor Act of 1989 shall engage in any act or conduct, or be a party to any contract, or agreement, in violation of the provisions of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 91-91, eff. 1-1-00.)

30 ILCS 535/70

    (30 ILCS 535/70) (from Ch. 127, par. 4151-70)
    Sec. 70. Enforcement. Any contract or agreement made in violation of this Act after the effective date of this Act, except a supplement or extension of an existing contract, is void and unenforceable, and the Comptroller and Treasurer of the State of Illinois shall not process any payment claims or checks for any contract or agreement made in violation of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-673.)

30 ILCS 535/75

    (30 ILCS 535/75) (from Ch. 127, par. 4151-75)
    Sec. 75. Nothing in this Act shall be deemed to prohibit a State agency from contracting for a design/build project.
(Source: P.A. 87-673.)

30 ILCS 535/80

    (30 ILCS 535/80) (from Ch. 127, par. 4151-80)
    Sec. 80. Affirmative action. Nothing in this Act shall be deemed to prohibit or restrict agencies from establishing or maintaining affirmative action contracting goals for minorities or women, or small business setaside programs, now or hereafter established by law, rules and regulations, or executive order.
(Source: P.A. 87-673.)