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FINANCE
(30 ILCS 500/) Illinois Procurement Code.

30 ILCS 500/1-25

    (30 ILCS 500/1-25)
    Sec. 1-25. Property rights. No person shall have any right to a specific contract with the State unless that person has a contract that has been signed by an officer or employee of the purchasing agency with appropriate signature authority. The State shall be under no obligation to issue an award or execute a contract.
(Source: P.A. 90-572, eff. date - See Sec. 99-5.)

30 ILCS 500/1-30

    (30 ILCS 500/1-30)
    Sec. 1-30. Applicability to Constitutional Officers and the Legislative and Judicial Branches.
    (a) The constitutional officers shall procure their needs in a manner substantially in accordance with the requirements of this Code and shall promulgate rules no less restrictive than the requirements of this Code.
    (b) The legislative and judicial branches are exempt from this Code. The legislative and judicial branches shall make procurements in accordance with rules promulgated to meet their needs. Procurement rules promulgated by the legislative and judicial branches may incorporate provisions of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 90-572, eff. date - See Sec. 99-5.)

30 ILCS 500/Art. 5

 
    (30 ILCS 500/Art. 5 heading)
ARTICLE 5
POLICY ORGANIZATION

30 ILCS 500/5-5

    (30 ILCS 500/5-5)
    Sec. 5-5. Procurement Policy Board.
    (a) Creation. There is created a Procurement Policy Board, an agency of the State of Illinois.
    (b) Authority and duties. The Board shall have the authority and responsibility to review, comment upon, and recommend, consistent with this Code, rules and practices governing the procurement, management, control, and disposal of supplies, services, professional or artistic services, construction, and real property and capital improvement leases procured by the State. The Board shall also have the authority to recommend a program for professional development and provide opportunities for training in procurement practices and policies to chief procurement officers and their staffs in order to ensure that all procurement is conducted in an efficient, professional, and appropriately transparent manner.
    Upon a three-fifths vote of its members, the Board may review a contract. Upon a three-fifths vote of its members, the Board may propose procurement rules for consideration by chief procurement officers. These proposals shall be published in each volume of the Procurement Bulletin. Except as otherwise provided by law, the Board shall act upon the vote of a majority of its members who have been appointed and are serving.
    (b-5) Reviews, studies, and hearings. The Board may review, study, and hold public hearings concerning the implementation and administration of this Code. Each chief procurement officer, State purchasing officer, procurement compliance monitor, and State agency shall cooperate with the Board, provide information to the Board, and be responsive to the Board in the Board's conduct of its reviews, studies, and hearings.
    (c) Members. The Board shall consist of 5 members appointed one each by the 4 legislative leaders and the Governor. Each member shall have demonstrated sufficient business or professional experience in the area of procurement to perform the functions of the Board. No member may be a member of the General Assembly.
    (d) Terms. Of the initial appointees, the Governor shall designate one member, as Chairman, to serve a one-year term, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House shall each appoint one member to serve 3-year terms, and the Minority Leader of the House and the Minority Leader of the Senate shall each appoint one member to serve 2-year terms. Subsequent terms shall be 4 years. Members may be reappointed for succeeding terms.
    (e) Reimbursement. Members shall receive no compensation but shall be reimbursed for any expenses reasonably incurred in the performance of their duties.
    (f) Staff support. Upon a three-fifths vote of its members, the Board may employ an executive director. Subject to appropriation, the Board also may employ a reasonable and necessary number of staff persons.
    (g) Meetings. Meetings of the Board may be conducted telephonically, electronically, or through the use of other telecommunications. Written minutes of such meetings shall be created and available for public inspection and copying.
    (h) Procurement recommendations. Upon a three-fifths vote of its members, the Board may review a proposal, bid, or contract and issue a recommendation to void a contract or reject a proposal or bid based on any violation of this Code or the existence of a conflict of interest as described in subsections (b) and (d) of Section 50-35. A chief procurement officer or State purchasing officer shall notify the Board if an alleged conflict of interest or violation of the Code is identified, discovered, or reasonably suspected to exist. Any person or entity may notify the Board of an alleged conflict of interest or violation of the Code. A recommendation of the Board shall be delivered to the appropriate chief procurement officer and Executive Ethics Commission within 7 calendar days and must be published in the next volume of the Procurement Bulletin. In the event that an alleged conflict of interest or violation of the Code that was not originally disclosed with the bid, offer, or proposal is identified and filed with the Board, the Board shall provide written notice of the alleged conflict of interest or violation to the bidder, offeror, potential contractor, contractor, or subcontractor on that contract. If the alleged conflict of interest or violation is by the subcontractor, written notice shall also be provided to the bidder, offeror, potential contractor, or contractor. The bidder, offeror, potential contractor, contractor, or subcontractor shall have 15 calendar days to provide a written response to the notice, and a hearing before the Board on the alleged conflict of interest or violation shall be held upon request by the bidder, offeror, potential contractor, contractor, or subcontractor. The requested hearing date and time shall be determined by the Board, but in no event shall the hearing occur later than 15 calendar days after the date of the request.
    (i) After providing notice and a hearing as required by subsection (h), the Board shall refer any alleged violations of this Code to the Executive Inspector General in addition to or instead of issuing a recommendation to void a contract.
    (j) Response. Each State agency shall respond promptly in writing to all inquiries and comments of the Procurement Policy Board.
(Source: P.A. 100-43, eff. 8-9-17.)

30 ILCS 500/5-23

    (30 ILCS 500/5-23)
    Sec. 5-23. Interests of Board members. Members of the Procurement Policy Board employed by or holding an interest in an entity doing business with or attempting to do business with the State of Illinois do not, by their service on the Board, preclude that entity from doing business with or attempting to do business with the State.
(Source: P.A. 90-572, eff. date - See Sec. 99-5.)

30 ILCS 500/5-25

    (30 ILCS 500/5-25)
    Sec. 5-25. Rulemaking authority; agency policy; agency response.
    (a) Rulemaking. A chief procurement officer authorized to make procurements under this Code shall have the authority to promulgate rules to carry out that authority. The rulemaking on specific procurement topics mentioned in specific Sections of this Code shall not be construed as prohibiting or limiting rulemaking on other procurement topics.
    All rules shall be promulgated in accordance with the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act. Contractual provisions, specifications, and procurement descriptions are not rules and are not subject to the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act. All rules other than those promulgated by the Board shall be presented in writing to the Board for review and comment. The Board shall express their opinions and recommendations in writing. The proposed rules and recommendations shall be made available for public review. The rules shall also be approved by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.
    (b) Policy. Each chief procurement officer shall promptly notify the Procurement Policy Board in writing of any proposed new procurement rule or policy or any proposed change in an existing procurement rule or policy.
    (c) Response. Each State agency must respond promptly in writing to all inquiries and comments of the Procurement Policy Board.
(Source: P.A. 98-1076, eff. 1-1-15.)

30 ILCS 500/5-30

    (30 ILCS 500/5-30)
    Sec. 5-30. Proposed contracts; Procurement Policy Board.
    (a) Except as provided in subsection (c), within 14 calendar days after notice of the awarding or letting of a contract has appeared in the Procurement Bulletin in accordance with subsection (b) of Section 15-25, the Board may request in writing from the contracting agency and the contracting agency shall promptly, but in no event later than 7 calendar days after receipt of the request, provide to the Board, by electronic or other means satisfactory to the Board, documentation in the possession of the contracting agency concerning the proposed contract. Nothing in this subsection is intended to waive or abrogate any privilege or right of confidentiality authorized by law.
    (b) No contract subject to this Section may be entered into until the 14-day period described in subsection (a) has expired, unless the contracting agency requests in writing that the Board waive the period and the Board grants the waiver in writing.
    (c) This Section does not apply to (i) contracts entered into under this Code for small and emergency procurements as those procurements are defined in Article 20 and (ii) contracts for professional and artistic services that are nonrenewable, one year or less in duration, and have a value of less than $20,000. If requested in writing by the Board, however, the contracting agency must promptly, but in no event later than 10 calendar days after receipt of the request, transmit to the Board a copy of the contract for an emergency procurement and documentation in the possession of the contracting agency concerning the contract.
(Source: P.A. 100-43, eff. 8-9-17.)

30 ILCS 500/Art. 10

 
    (30 ILCS 500/Art. 10 heading)
ARTICLE 10
APPOINTMENTS

30 ILCS 500/10-5

    (30 ILCS 500/10-5)
    Sec. 10-5. Exercise of procurement authority. The chief procurement officer shall exercise all procurement authority created by this Code. The State purchasing officers appointed under this Code shall exercise procurement authority at the direction of their respective chief procurement officer. Decisions of a State purchasing officer are subject to review by the respective chief procurement officer.
(Source: P.A. 96-795, eff. 7-1-10 (see Section 5 of P.A. 96-793 for the effective date of changes made by P.A. 96-795).)

30 ILCS 500/10-10

    (30 ILCS 500/10-10)
    Sec. 10-10. Independent State purchasing officers.
    (a) The chief procurement officer shall appoint a State purchasing officer for each agency that the chief procurement officer is responsible for under Section 1-15.15. A State purchasing officer shall be located in the State agency that the officer serves but shall report to his or her respective chief procurement officer. The State purchasing officer shall have direct communication with agency staff assigned to assist with any procurement process. At the direction of his or her respective chief procurement officer, a State purchasing officer shall have the authority to (i) review any contract or contract amendment prior to execution to ensure that applicable procurement and contracting standards were followed and (ii) approve or reject contracts for a purchasing agency. If the State purchasing officer provides written approval of the contract, the head of the applicable State agency shall have the authority to sign and enter into that contract. All actions of a State purchasing officer are subject to review by a chief procurement officer in accordance with procedures and policies established by the chief procurement officer.
    (a-5) A State purchasing officer may (i) attend any procurement meetings; (ii) access any records or files related to procurement; (iii) submit reports to the chief procurement officer on procurement issues; (iv) ensure the State agency is maintaining appropriate records; and (v) ensure transparency of the procurement process.
    (a-10) If a State purchasing officer is aware of misconduct, waste, or inefficiency with respect to State procurement, the State purchasing officer shall advise the State agency of the issue in writing. If the State agency does not correct the issue, the State purchasing officer shall report the problem, in writing, to the chief procurement officer and appropriate Inspector General.
    (b) In addition to any other requirement or qualification required by State law, within 30 months after appointment, a State purchasing officer must be a Certified Professional Public Buyer or a Certified Public Purchasing Officer, pursuant to certification by the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council or the Institute for Supply Management. A State purchasing officer shall serve a term of 5 years beginning on the date of the officer's appointment. A State purchasing officer shall have an office located in the State agency that the officer serves but shall report to the chief procurement officer. A State purchasing officer may be removed by a chief procurement officer for cause after a hearing by the Executive Ethics Commission. The chief procurement officer or executive officer of the State agency housing the State purchasing officer may institute a complaint against the State purchasing officer by filing such a complaint with the Commission and the Commission shall have a public hearing based on the complaint. The State purchasing officer, chief procurement officer, and executive officer of the State agency shall receive notice of the hearing and shall be permitted to present their respective arguments on the complaint. After the hearing, the Commission shall make a non-binding recommendation on whether the State purchasing officer shall be removed. The salary of a State purchasing officer shall be established by the chief procurement officer and may not be diminished during the officer's term. In the absence of an appointed State purchasing officer, the applicable chief procurement officer shall exercise the procurement authority created by this Code and may appoint a temporary acting State purchasing officer.
    (c) Each State purchasing officer owes a fiduciary duty to the State.
(Source: P.A. 100-43, eff. 8-9-17.)

30 ILCS 500/10-15

    (30 ILCS 500/10-15)
    Sec. 10-15. Procurement compliance monitors.
    (a) The Executive Ethics Commission may appoint procurement compliance monitors to oversee and review the procurement processes. Each procurement compliance monitor shall serve a term of 5 years beginning on the date of the officer's appointment. Each procurement compliance monitor appointed pursuant to this Section and serving a 5-year term on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly shall report to the chief procurement officer in the performance of his or her duties until the expiration of the monitor's term. The compliance monitor shall have direct communications with the executive officer of a State agency in exercising duties. A procurement compliance monitor may be removed only for cause after a hearing by the Executive Ethics Commission. The appropriate chief procurement officer or executive officer of the State agency served by the procurement compliance monitor may institute a complaint against the procurement compliance monitor with the Commission and the Commission shall hold a public hearing based on the complaint. The procurement compliance monitor, State purchasing officer, appropriate chief procurement officer, and executive officer of the State agency shall receive notice of the hearing and shall be permitted to present their respective arguments on the complaint. After the hearing, the Commission shall determine whether the procurement compliance monitor shall be removed. The salary of a procurement compliance monitor shall be established by the Executive Ethics Commission and may not be diminished during the officer's term.
    (b) The procurement compliance monitor shall: (i) review any procurement, contract, or contract amendment as directed by the Executive Ethics Commission or a chief procurement officer; and (ii) report any findings of the review, in writing, to the Commission, the affected agency, the chief procurement officer responsible for the affected agency, and any entity requesting the review. The procurement compliance monitor may: (i) review each contract or contract amendment prior to execution to ensure that applicable procurement and contracting standards were followed; (ii) attend any procurement meetings; (iii) access any records or files related to procurement; (iv) issue reports to the chief procurement officer on procurement issues that present issues or that have not been corrected after consultation with appropriate State officials; (v) ensure the State agency is maintaining appropriate records; and (vi) ensure transparency of the procurement process.
    (c) If the procurement compliance monitor is aware of misconduct, waste, or inefficiency with respect to State procurement, the procurement compliance monitor shall advise the State agency of the issue in writing. If the State agency does not correct the issue, the monitor shall report the problem, in writing, to the chief procurement officer and Inspector General.
    (d) Each procurement compliance monitor owes a fiduciary duty to the State.
(Source: P.A. 100-43, eff. 8-9-17.)

30 ILCS 500/10-20

    (30 ILCS 500/10-20)
    Sec. 10-20. Independent chief procurement officers.
    (a) Appointment. Within 60 calendar days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, the Executive Ethics Commission, with the advice and consent of the Senate shall appoint or approve 4 chief procurement officers, one for each of the following categories:
        (1) for procurements for construction and
    
construction-related services committed by law to the jurisdiction or responsibility of the Capital Development Board;
        (2) for procurements for all construction,
    
construction-related services, operation of any facility, and the provision of any service or activity committed by law to the jurisdiction or responsibility of the Illinois Department of Transportation, including the direct or reimbursable expenditure of all federal funds for which the Department of Transportation is responsible or accountable for the use thereof in accordance with federal law, regulation, or procedure, the chief procurement officer recommended for approval under this item appointed by the Secretary of Transportation after consent by the Executive Ethics Commission;
        (3) for all procurements made by a public institution
    
of higher education; and
        (4) for all other procurement needs of State
    
agencies.
    A chief procurement officer shall be responsible to the Executive Ethics Commission but must be located within the agency that the officer provides with procurement services. The chief procurement officer for higher education shall have an office located within the Board of Higher Education, unless otherwise designated by the Executive Ethics Commission. The chief procurement officer for all other procurement needs of the State shall have an office located within the Department of Central Management Services, unless otherwise designated by the Executive Ethics Commission.
    (b) Terms and independence. Each chief procurement officer appointed under this Section shall serve for a term of 5 years beginning on the date of the officer's appointment. The chief procurement officer may be removed for cause after a hearing by the Executive Ethics Commission. The Governor or the director of a State agency directly responsible to the Governor may institute a complaint against the officer by filing such complaint with the Commission. The Commission shall have a hearing based on the complaint. The officer and the complainant shall receive reasonable notice of the hearing and shall be permitted to present their respective arguments on the complaint. After the hearing, the Commission shall make a finding on the complaint and may take disciplinary action, including but not limited to removal of the officer.
    The salary of a chief procurement officer shall be established by the Executive Ethics Commission and may not be diminished during the officer's term. The salary may not exceed the salary of the director of a State agency for which the officer serves as chief procurement officer.
    (c) Qualifications. In addition to any other requirement or qualification required by State law, each chief procurement officer must within 12 months of employment be a Certified Professional Public Buyer or a Certified Public Purchasing Officer, pursuant to certification by the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council, and must reside in Illinois.
    (d) Fiduciary duty. Each chief procurement officer owes a fiduciary duty to the State.
    (e) Vacancy. In case of a vacancy in one or more of the offices of a chief procurement officer under this Section during the recess of the Senate, the Executive Ethics Commission shall make a temporary appointment until the next meeting of the Senate, when the Executive Ethics Commission shall nominate some person to fill the office, and any person so nominated who is confirmed by the Senate shall hold office during the remainder of the term and until his or her successor is appointed and qualified. If the Senate is not in session at the time this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly takes effect, the Executive Ethics Commission shall make a temporary appointment as in the case of a vacancy.
    (f) (Blank).
    (g) (Blank).
(Source: P.A. 98-1076, eff. 1-1-15.)

30 ILCS 500/10-25

    (30 ILCS 500/10-25)
    Sec. 10-25. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 96-795, eff. 7-1-10 (see Section 5 of P.A. 96-793 for the effective date of P.A. 96-795). Repealed internally, eff. 1-10-11.)

30 ILCS 500/10-30

    (30 ILCS 500/10-30)
    Sec. 10-30. Fiduciary duty. Each chief procurement officer, State purchasing officer, and procurement compliance monitor owe a fiduciary duty to the State.
(Source: P.A. 100-43, eff. 8-9-17.)

30 ILCS 500/Art. 15

 
    (30 ILCS 500/Art. 15 heading)
ARTICLE 15
PROCUREMENT INFORMATION
(Source: P.A. 95-536, eff. 1-1-08.)

30 ILCS 500/15-1

    (30 ILCS 500/15-1)
    Sec. 15-1. Publisher. Each chief procurement officer, in consultation with the agencies under his or her jurisdiction, possesses the rights to and is the authority responsible for publishing its volume of the Illinois Procurement Bulletin.
    Each volume of the Illinois Procurement Bulletin shall be available electronically and may be available in print. References in this Code to the publication and distribution of the Illinois Procurement Bulletin include both its print and electronic formats.
(Source: P.A. 97-895, eff. 8-3-12.)

30 ILCS 500/15-10

    (30 ILCS 500/15-10)
    Sec. 15-10. Contents. The Illinois Procurement Bulletin shall contain notices and other information required by this Code or by rules promulgated under this Code to be published in the Illinois Procurement Bulletin. Each volume shall include a comprehensive index of its contents.
(Source: P.A. 90-572, eff. date - See Sec. 99-5.)

30 ILCS 500/15-15

    (30 ILCS 500/15-15)
    Sec. 15-15. Publication. All volumes of the Illinois Procurement Bulletin shall be published at least once per month. Any volume, including volumes available in print format, shall be available through subscription for a minimal fee not exceeding publication and distribution costs. The Illinois Procurement Bulletin shall be distributed free to public libraries within Illinois and electronically to any entity that has subscribed on the publishing entity's website.
(Source: P.A. 96-1444, eff. 8-20-10.)

30 ILCS 500/15-20

    (30 ILCS 500/15-20)
    Sec. 15-20. Qualified bidders or offerors. Subscription to the Illinois Procurement Bulletin shall not be required to qualify as a bidder or offeror under this Code.
(Source: P.A. 98-1076, eff. 1-1-15.)

30 ILCS 500/15-25

    (30 ILCS 500/15-25)
    (Text of Section from P.A. 100-43)
    Sec. 15-25. Bulletin content.
    (a) Invitations for bids. Notice of each and every contract that is offered, including renegotiated contracts and change orders, shall be published in the Bulletin. The applicable chief procurement officer may provide by rule an organized format for the publication of this information, but in any case it must include at least the date first offered, the date submission of offers is due, the location that offers are to be submitted to, the purchasing State agency, the responsible State purchasing officer, a brief purchase description, the method of source selection, information of how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description and any disclosure and contract forms, and encouragement to potential contractors to hire qualified veterans, as defined by Section 45-67 of this Code, and qualified Illinois minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and residents discharged from any Illinois adult correctional center.
    (a-5) All businesses listed on the Illinois Unified Certification Program Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Directory, the Business Enterprise Program of the Department of Central Management Services, and any small business database created pursuant to Section 45-45 of this Code shall be furnished written instructions and information on how to register for the Illinois Procurement Bulletin. This information shall be provided to each business within 30 calendar days after the business's notice of certification or qualification.
    (b) Contracts let. Notice of each and every contract that is let, including renegotiated contracts and change orders, shall be issued electronically to those bidders submitting responses to the solicitations, inclusive of the unsuccessful bidders, immediately upon contract let. Failure of any chief procurement officer to give such notice shall result in tolling the time for filing a bid protest up to 7 calendar days.
    For purposes of this subsection (b), "contracts let" means a construction agency's act of advertising an invitation for bids for one or more construction projects.
    (b-5) Contracts awarded. Notice of each and every contract that is awarded, including renegotiated contracts and change orders, shall be issued electronically to the successful responsible bidder, offeror, or contractor and published in the Bulletin. The applicable chief procurement officer may provide by rule an organized format for the publication of this information, but in any case it must include at least all of the information specified in subsection (a) as well as the name of the successful responsible bidder, offeror, the contract price, the number of unsuccessful bidders or offerors and any other disclosure specified in any Section of this Code. This notice must be posted in the online electronic Bulletin prior to execution of the contract.
    For purposes of this subsection (b-5), "contract award" means the determination that a particular bidder or offeror has been selected from among other bidders or offerors to receive a contract, subject to the successful completion of final negotiations. "Contract award" is evidenced by the posting of a Notice of Award or a Notice of Intent to Award to the respective volume of the Illinois Procurement Bulletin.
    (c) Emergency purchase disclosure. Any chief procurement officer or State purchasing officer exercising emergency purchase authority under this Code shall publish a written description and reasons and the total cost, if known, or an estimate if unknown and the name of the responsible chief procurement officer and State purchasing officer, and the business or person contracted with for all emergency purchases in the Bulletin. This notice must be posted in the online electronic Bulletin no later than 5 calendar days after the contract is awarded. Notice of a hearing to extend an emergency contract must be posted in the online electronic Procurement Bulletin no later than 14 calendar days prior to the hearing.
    (c-5) Business Enterprise Program report. Each purchasing agency shall, with the assistance of the applicable chief procurement officer, post in the online electronic Bulletin a copy of its annual report of utilization of businesses owned by minorities, females, and persons with disabilities as submitted to the Business Enterprise Council for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities pursuant to Section 6(c) of the Business Enterprise for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities Act within 10 calendar days after its submission of its report to the Council.
    (c-10) Renewals. Notice of each contract renewal shall be posted in the Bulletin within 14 calendar days of the determination to execute a renewal of the contract. The notice shall include at least all of the information required in subsection (a) or (b), as applicable.
    (c-15) Sole source procurements. Before entering into a sole source contract, a chief procurement officer exercising sole source procurement authority under this Code shall publish a written description of intent to enter into a sole source contract along with a description of the item to be procured and the intended sole source contractor. This notice must be posted in the online electronic Procurement Bulletin before a sole source contract is awarded and at least 14 calendar days before the hearing required by Section 20-25.
    (d) Other required disclosure. The applicable chief procurement officer shall provide by rule for the organized publication of all other disclosure required in other Sections of this Code in a timely manner.
    (e) The changes to subsections (b), (c), (c-5), (c-10), and (c-15) of this Section made by this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly apply to reports submitted, offers made, and notices on contracts executed on or after its effective date.
    (f) Each chief procurement officer shall, in consultation with the agencies under his or her jurisdiction, provide the Procurement Policy Board with the information and resources necessary, and in a manner, to effectuate the purpose of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 100-43, eff. 8-9-17.)
 
    (Text of Section from P.A. 100-391)
    Sec. 15-25. Bulletin content.
    (a) Invitations for bids. Notice of each and every contract that is offered, including renegotiated contracts and change orders, shall be published in the Bulletin. All businesses listed on the Department of Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Directory, the Department of Central Management Services Business Enterprise Program, and the Chief Procurement Office's Small Business Vendors Directory shall be furnished written instructions and information on how to register on each Procurement Bulletin maintained by the State. Such information shall be provided to each business within 30 calendar days after the business' notice of certification. The applicable chief procurement officer may provide by rule an organized format for the publication of this information, but in any case it must include at least the date first offered, the date submission of offers is due, the location that offers are to be submitted to, the purchasing State agency, the responsible State purchasing officer, a brief purchase description, the method of source selection, information of how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description and any disclosure and contract forms, and encouragement to potential contractors to hire qualified veterans, as defined by Section 45-67 of this Code, and qualified Illinois minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and residents discharged from any Illinois adult correctional center.
    (b) Contracts let. Notice of each and every contract that is let, including renegotiated contracts and change orders, shall be issued electronically to those bidders submitting responses to the solicitations, inclusive of the unsuccessful bidders, immediately upon contract let. Failure of any chief procurement officer to give such notice shall result in tolling the time for filing a bid protest up to 7 calendar days.
    For purposes of this subsection (b), "contracts let" means a construction agency's act of advertising an invitation for bids for one or more construction projects.
    (b-5) Contracts awarded. Notice of each and every contract that is awarded, including renegotiated contracts and change orders, shall be issued electronically to the successful responsible bidder, offeror, or contractor and published in the next available subsequent Bulletin. The applicable chief procurement officer may provide by rule an organized format for the publication of this information, but in any case it must include at least all of the information specified in subsection (a) as well as the name of the successful responsible bidder, offeror, the contract price, the number of unsuccessful bidders or offerors and any other disclosure specified in any Section of this Code. This notice must be posted in the online electronic Bulletin prior to execution of the contract.
    For purposes of this subsection (b-5), "contract award" means the determination that a particular bidder or offeror has been selected from among other bidders or offerors to receive a contract, subject to the successful completion of final negotiations. "Contract award" is evidenced by the posting of a Notice of Award or a Notice of Intent to Award to the respective volume of the Illinois Procurement Bulletin.
    (c) Emergency purchase disclosure. Any chief procurement officer or State purchasing officer exercising emergency purchase authority under this Code shall publish a written description and reasons and the total cost, if known, or an estimate if unknown and the name of the responsible chief procurement officer and State purchasing officer, and the business or person contracted with for all emergency purchases in the next timely, practicable Bulletin. This notice must be posted in the online electronic Bulletin no later than 5 calendar days after the contract is awarded. Notice of a hearing to extend an emergency contract must be posted in the online electronic Procurement Bulletin no later than 14 calendar days prior to the hearing.
    (c-5) Business Enterprise Program report. Each purchasing agency shall, with the assistance of the applicable chief procurement officer, post in the online electronic Bulletin a copy of its annual report of utilization of businesses owned by minorities, women, and persons with disabilities as submitted to the Business Enterprise Council for Minorities, Women, and Persons with Disabilities pursuant to Section 6(c) of the Business Enterprise for Minorities, Women, and Persons with Disabilities Act within 10 calendar days after its submission of its report to the Council.
    (c-10) Renewals. Notice of each contract renewal shall be posted in the online electronic Bulletin within 14 calendar days of the determination to renew the contract and the next available subsequent Bulletin. The notice shall include at least all of the information required in subsection (b).
    (c-15) Sole source procurements. Before entering into a sole source contract, a chief procurement officer exercising sole source procurement authority under this Code shall publish a written description of intent to enter into a sole source contract along with a description of the item to be procured and the intended sole source contractor. This notice must be posted in the online electronic Procurement Bulletin before a sole source contract is awarded and at least 14 calendar days before the hearing required by Section 20-25.
    (d) Other required disclosure. The applicable chief procurement officer shall provide by rule for the organized publication of all other disclosure required in other Sections of this Code in a timely manner.
    (e) The changes to subsections (b), (c), (c-5), (c-10), and (c-15) of this Section made by this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly apply to reports submitted, offers made, and notices on contracts executed on or after its effective date.
    (f) Each chief procurement officer shall, in consultation with the agencies under his or her jurisdiction, provide the Procurement Policy Board with the information and resources necessary, and in a manner, to effectuate the purpose of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 100-391, eff. 8-25-17.)

30 ILCS 500/15-30

    (30 ILCS 500/15-30)
    Sec. 15-30. Electronic Bulletin clearinghouse.
    (a) The Procurement Policy Board shall maintain on its official website a searchable database containing all information required to be included in the Illinois Procurement Bulletin under subsections (b), (c), (c-10), and (c-15) of Section 15-25 and all information required to be disclosed under Section 50-41. The posting of procurement information on the website is subject to the same posting requirements as the online electronic Bulletin.
    (b) For the purposes of this Section, searchable means searchable and sortable by awarded bidder, offeror, potential contractor, or contractor, for emergency purchases, business or person contracted with; the contract price or total cost; the service or supply; the purchasing State agency; and the date first offered or announced.
    (c) The applicable chief procurement officer shall provide the Procurement Policy Board the information and resources necessary, and in a manner, to effectuate the purpose of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 100-43, eff. 8-9-17.)

30 ILCS 500/15-35

    (30 ILCS 500/15-35)
    Sec. 15-35. Vendor portal. Each chief procurement officer may, in consultation with the agencies under his or her jurisdiction and the Procurement Policy Board, establish a vendor portal. The vendor portal shall allow a potential vendor to provide certifications, disclosures, registrations, and other documentation needed to do business with a State agency in advance of any particular procurement. A potential vendor who registers with the vendor portal and provides this information may submit its registration number, with a confirmation that the portal information remains current, as part of its response to a competitive selection or a contracting process, rather than submit the same information in full. One or more chief procurement officers may jointly operate a vendor portal if a single portal would better serve the needs of the State agencies and the vendor community. A chief procurement officer may accept, for use on procurements and contracts under his or her jurisdiction, the registration from another chief procurement officer's vendor portal. This Section applies notwithstanding any laws to the contrary except for later enacted laws that specifically refer to this Section.
    Nothing in this Section shall preclude a State agency from implementing its own pre-qualification, certification, disclosure, and registration requirements necessary to conduct and manage its program operation.
    This Section does not apply to any contract for any project as to which federal funds are available for expenditure when its provisions may be in conflict with federal law or federal regulation.
(Source: P.A. 97-895, eff. 8-3-12; 98-1076, eff. 1-1-15.)

30 ILCS 500/15-40

    (30 ILCS 500/15-40)
    Sec. 15-40. Method of notices and reports. Notices and reports required by any Section of this Code may be made by either paper or electronic means.
(Source: P.A. 98-1076, eff. 1-1-15.)

30 ILCS 500/15-45

    (30 ILCS 500/15-45)
    Sec. 15-45. Computation of days. The time within which any act provided in this Code is to be done shall be computed by excluding the first day and including the last, unless the last day is Saturday or Sunday or is a holiday, and then it shall also be excluded. If the day succeeding a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday is also a holiday, a Saturday, or a Sunday, then that succeeding day shall also be excluded. For the purposes of this Code, "holiday" means: New Year's Day; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday; Lincoln's Birthday; President's Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Columbus Day; Veterans' Day; Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Day; and any other day from time to time declared by the President of the United States or the Governor of Illinois to be a day during which the agencies of the State of Illinois that are ordinarily open to do business with the public shall be closed for business.
(Source: P.A. 98-1076, eff. 1-1-15.)

30 ILCS 500/Art. 20

 
    (30 ILCS 500/Art. 20 heading)
ARTICLE 20
SOURCE SELECTION AND CONTRACT FORMATION

30 ILCS 500/20-5

    (30 ILCS 500/20-5)
    Sec. 20-5. Method of source selection. Unless otherwise authorized by law, all State contracts shall be awarded by competitive sealed bidding, in accordance with Section 20-10, except as provided in Sections 20-15, 20-20, 20-25, 20-30, 20-35, 30-15, and 40-20. The chief procurement officers appointed pursuant to Section 10-20 may determine the method of solicitation and contract for all procurements pursuant to this Code.
(Source: P.A. 98-1076, eff. 1-1-15.)

30 ILCS 500/20-10

    (30 ILCS 500/20-10)
    (Text of Section from P.A. 96-159, 96-588, 97-96, 97-895, 98-1076, 99-906 and 100-43)
    Sec. 20-10. Competitive sealed bidding; reverse auction.
    (a) Conditions for use. All contracts shall be awarded by competitive sealed bidding except as otherwise provided in Section 20-5.
    (b) Invitation for bids. An invitation for bids shall be issued and shall include a purchase description and the material contractual terms and conditions applicable to the procurement.
    (c) Public notice. Public notice of the invitation for bids shall be published in the Illinois Procurement Bulletin at least 14 calendar days before the date set in the invitation for the opening of bids.
    (d) Bid opening. Bids shall be opened publicly or through an electronic procurement system in the presence of one or more witnesses at the time and place designated in the invitation for bids. The name of each bidder, the amount of each bid, and other relevant information as may be specified by rule shall be recorded. After the award of the contract, the winning bid and the record of each unsuccessful bid shall be open to public inspection.
    (e) Bid acceptance and bid evaluation. Bids shall be unconditionally accepted without alteration or correction, except as authorized in this Code. Bids shall be evaluated based on the requirements set forth in the invitation for bids, which may include criteria to determine acceptability such as inspection, testing, quality, workmanship, delivery, and suitability for a particular purpose. Those criteria that will affect the bid price and be considered in evaluation for award, such as discounts, transportation costs, and total or life cycle costs, shall be objectively measurable. The invitation for bids shall set forth the evaluation criteria to be used.
    (f) Correction or withdrawal of bids. Correction or withdrawal of inadvertently erroneous bids before or after award, or cancellation of awards of contracts based on bid mistakes, shall be permitted in accordance with rules. After bid opening, no changes in bid prices or other provisions of bids prejudicial to the interest of the State or fair competition shall be permitted. All decisions to permit the correction or withdrawal of bids based on bid mistakes shall be supported by written determination made by a State purchasing officer.
    (g) Award. The contract shall be awarded with reasonable promptness by written notice to the lowest responsible and responsive bidder whose bid meets the requirements and criteria set forth in the invitation for bids, except when a State purchasing officer determines it is not in the best interest of the State and by written explanation determines another bidder shall receive the award. The explanation shall appear in the appropriate volume of the Illinois Procurement Bulletin. The written explanation must include:
        (1) a description of the agency's needs;
        (2) a determination that the anticipated cost will be
    
fair and reasonable;
        (3) a listing of all responsible and responsive
    
bidders; and
        (4) the name of the bidder selected, the total
    
contract price, and the reasons for selecting that bidder.
    Each chief procurement officer may adopt guidelines to implement the requirements of this subsection (g).
    The written explanation shall be filed with the Legislative Audit Commission and the Procurement Policy Board, and be made available for inspection by the public, within 30 calendar days after the agency's decision to award the contract.
    (h) Multi-step sealed bidding. When it is considered impracticable to initially prepare a purchase description to support an award based on price, an invitation for bids may be issued requesting the submission of unpriced offers to be followed by an invitation for bids limited to those bidders whose offers have been qualified under the criteria set forth in the first solicitation.
    (i) Alternative procedures. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act to the contrary, the Director of the Illinois Power Agency may create alternative bidding procedures to be used in procuring professional services under Section 1-56, subsections (a) and (c) of Section 1-75 and subsection (d) of Section 1-78 of the Illinois Power Agency Act and Section 16-111.5(c) of the Public Utilities Act and to procure renewable energy resources under Section 1-56 of the Illinois Power Agency Act. These alternative procedures shall be set forth together with the other criteria contained in the invitation for bids, and shall appear in the appropriate volume of the Illinois Procurement Bulletin.
    (j) Reverse auction. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section and in accordance with rules adopted by the chief procurement officer, that chief procurement officer may procure supplies or services through a competitive electronic auction bidding process after the chief procurement officer determines that the use of such a process will be in the best interest of the State. The chief procurement officer shall publish that determination in his or her next volume of the Illinois Procurement Bulletin.
    An invitation for bids shall be issued and shall include (i) a procurement description, (ii) all contractual terms, whenever practical, and (iii) conditions applicable to the procurement, including a notice that bids will be received in an electronic auction manner.
    Public notice of the invitation for bids shall be given in the same manner as provided in subsection (c).
    Bids shall be accepted electronically at the time and in the manner designated in the invitation for bids. During the auction, a bidder's price shall be disclosed to other bidders. Bidders shall have the opportunity to reduce their bid prices during the auction. At the conclusion of the auction, the record of the bid prices received and the name of each bidder shall be open to public inspection.
    After the auction period has terminated, withdrawal of bids shall be permitted as provided in subsection (f).
    The contract shall be awarded within 60 calendar days after the auction by written notice to the lowest responsible bidder, or all bids shall be rejected except as otherwise provided in this Code. Extensions of the date for the award may be made by mutual written consent of the State purchasing officer and the lowest responsible bidder.
    This subsection does not apply to (i) procurements of professional and artistic services, (ii) telecommunications services, communication services, and information services, and (iii) contracts for construction projects, including design professional services.
(Source: P.A. 99-906, eff. 6-1-17; 100-43, eff. 8-9-17.)
 
    (Text of Section from P.A. 96-159, 96-795, 97-96, 97-895, 98-1076, 99-906, and 100-43)
    Sec. 20-10. Competitive sealed bidding; reverse auction.
    (a) Conditions for use. All contracts shall be awarded by competitive sealed bidding except as otherwise provided in Section 20-5.
    (b) Invitation for bids. An invitation for bids shall be issued and shall include a purchase description and the material contractual terms and conditions applicable to the procurement.
    (c) Public notice. Public notice of the invitation for bids shall be published in the Illinois Procurement Bulletin at least 14 calendar days before the date set in the invitation for the opening of bids.
    (d) Bid opening. Bids shall be opened publicly or through an electronic procurement system in the presence of one or more witnesses at the time and place designated in the invitation for bids. The name of each bidder, the amount of each bid, and other relevant information as may be specified by rule shall be recorded. After the award of the contract, the winning bid and the record of each unsuccessful bid shall be open to public inspection.
    (e) Bid acceptance and bid evaluation. Bids shall be unconditionally accepted without alteration or correction, except as authorized in this Code. Bids shall be evaluated based on the requirements set forth in the invitation for bids, which may include criteria to determine acceptability such as inspection, testing, quality, workmanship, delivery, and suitability for a particular purpose. Those criteria that will affect the bid price and be considered in evaluation for award, such as discounts, transportation costs, and total or life cycle costs, shall be objectively measurable. The invitation for bids shall set forth the evaluation criteria to be used.
    (f) Correction or withdrawal of bids. Correction or withdrawal of inadvertently erroneous bids before or after award, or cancellation of awards of contracts based on bid mistakes, shall be permitted in accordance with rules. After bid opening, no changes in bid prices or other provisions of bids prejudicial to the interest of the State or fair competition shall be permitted. All decisions to permit the correction or withdrawal of bids based on bid mistakes shall be supported by written determination made by a State purchasing officer.
    (g) Award. The contract shall be awarded with reasonable promptness by written notice to the lowest responsible and responsive bidder whose bid meets the requirements and criteria set forth in the invitation for bids, except when a State purchasing officer determines it is not in the best interest of the State and by written explanation determines another bidder shall receive the award. The explanation shall appear in the appropriate volume of the Illinois Procurement Bulletin. The written explanation must include:
        (1) a description of the agency's needs;
        (2) a determination that the anticipated cost will be
    
fair and reasonable;
        (3) a listing of all responsible and responsive
    
bidders; and
        (4) the name of the bidder selected, the total
    
contract price, and the reasons for selecting that bidder.
    Each chief procurement officer may adopt guidelines to implement the requirements of this subsection (g).
    The written explanation shall be filed with the Legislative Audit Commission and the Procurement Policy Board, and be made available for inspection by the public, within 30 days after the agency's decision to award the contract.
    (h) Multi-step sealed bidding. When it is considered impracticable to initially prepare a purchase description to support an award based on price, an invitation for bids may be issued requesting the submission of unpriced offers to be followed by an invitation for bids limited to those bidders whose offers have been qualified under the criteria set forth in the first solicitation.
    (i) Alternative procedures. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act to the contrary, the Director of the Illinois Power Agency may create alternative bidding procedures to be used in procuring professional services under subsections (a) and (c) of Section 1-75 and subsection (d) of Section 1-78 of the Illinois Power Agency Act and Section 16-111.5(c) of the Public Utilities Act and to procure renewable energy resources under Section 1-56 of the Illinois Power Agency Act. These alternative procedures shall be set forth together with the other criteria contained in the invitation for bids, and shall appear in the appropriate volume of the Illinois Procurement Bulletin.
    (j) Reverse auction. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section and in accordance with rules adopted by the chief procurement officer, that chief procurement officer may procure supplies or services through a competitive electronic auction bidding process after the chief procurement officer determines that the use of such a process will be in the best interest of the State. The chief procurement officer shall publish that determination in his or her next volume of the Illinois Procurement Bulletin.
    An invitation for bids shall be issued and shall include (i) a procurement description, (ii) all contractual terms, whenever practical, and (iii) conditions applicable to the procurement, including a notice that bids will be received in an electronic auction manner.
    Public notice of the invitation for bids shall be given in the same manner as provided in subsection (c).
    Bids shall be accepted electronically at the time and in the manner designated in the invitation for bids. During the auction, a bidder's price shall be disclosed to other bidders. Bidders shall have the opportunity to reduce their bid prices during the auction. At the conclusion of the auction, the record of the bid prices received and the name of each bidder shall be open to public inspection.
    After the auction period has terminated, withdrawal of bids shall be permitted as provided in subsection (f).
    The contract shall be awarded within 60 calendar days after the auction by written notice to the lowest responsible bidder, or all bids shall be rejected except as otherwise provided in this Code. Extensions of the date for the award may be made by mutual written consent of the State purchasing officer and the lowest responsible bidder.
    This subsection does not apply to (i) procurements of professional and artistic services, (ii) telecommunications services, communication services, and information services, and (iii) contracts for construction projects, including design professional services.
(Source: P.A. 99-906, eff. 6-1-17; 100-43, eff. 8-9-17.)