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 1        AN ACT concerning local government.

 2        Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section 5.  The Counties  Code  is  amended  by  changing
 5    Section 5-1022 as follows:

 6        (55 ILCS 5/5-1022) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-1022)
 7        Sec. 5-1022. Competitive bids.
 8        (a)  Any  purchase  by a county with fewer than 2,000,000
 9    inhabitants of services, materials, equipment or supplies  in
10    excess  of $20,000 $10,000, other than professional services,
11    shall be contracted for in one of the following ways:
12             (1)  by a contract let  to  the  lowest  responsible
13        bidder   after   advertising  for  bids  in  a  newspaper
14        published within  the  county  or,  if  no  newspaper  is
15        published  within  the  county,  then  a newspaper having
16        general circulation within the county; or
17             (2)  by a contract let without advertising for  bids
18        in  the  case of an emergency if authorized by the county
19        board.
20        (b)  In determining the lowest  responsible  bidder,  the
21    county  board  shall take into consideration the qualities of
22    the   articles   supplied;   their   conformity   with    the
23    specifications;  their suitability to the requirements of the
24    county, availability of support services; uniqueness  of  the
25    service,  materials,  equipment, or supplies as it applies to
26    networked,  integrated  computer  systems;  compatibility  to
27    existing equipment; and the delivery terms.  The county board
28    also may take  into  consideration  whether  a  bidder  is  a
29    private  enterprise  or  a  State-controlled  enterprise and,
30    notwithstanding any other provision  of  this  Section  or  a
31    lower  bid  by  a  State-controlled  enterprise,  may  let  a
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 1    contract  to  the lowest responsible bidder that is a private
 2    enterprise.
 3        (c)  This Section does not apply to contracts by a county
 4    with  the  federal  government  or  to  purchases   of   used
 5    equipment, purchases at auction or similar transactions which
 6    by  their  very  nature are not suitable to competitive bids,
 7    pursuant to an ordinance adopted by the county board.
 8        (d)  Notwithstanding the provisions of  this  Section,  a
 9    county  may  let  without advertising for bids in the case of
10    purchases and contracts, when individual orders do not exceed
11    $25,000,  for  the  use,  purchase,  delivery,  movement,  or
12    installation  of  data  processing  equipment,  software,  or
13    services and telecommunications and inter-connect  equipment,
14    software, and services.
15    (Source: P.A. 90-517, eff. 8-22-97.)

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