Public Act 101-0139
HB2473 EnrolledLRB101 09315 AWJ 54410 b

    AN ACT concerning local government.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Fire Protection District Act is amended by
changing Section 11k as follows:
    (70 ILCS 705/11k)
    Sec. 11k. Competitive bidding; notice requirements.
    (a) The board of trustees shall have the power to acquire
by gift, legacy, or purchase any personal property necessary
for its corporate purposes provided that all contracts for
supplies, materials, or work involving an expenditure in excess
of $20,000 shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder after
advertising as required under subsection (b) of this Section.
The board is not required to accept a bid that does not meet
the district's established specifications, terms of delivery,
quality, and serviceability requirements. Contracts which, by
their nature, are not adapted to award by competitive bidding,
are not subject to competitive bidding, including, but not
limited to:
        (1) contracts for the services of individuals
    possessing a high degree of professional skill where the
    ability or fitness of the individual plays an important
        (2) contracts for the printing of finance committee
    reports and departmental reports;
        (3) contracts for the printing or engraving of bonds,
    tax warrants and other evidences of indebtedness;
        (4) contracts for the maintenance or servicing of, or
    provision of repair parts for, equipment which are made
    with the manufacturer or authorized service agent of that
    equipment where the provision of parts, maintenance, or
    servicing can best be performed by the manufacturer or
    authorized service agent, or which involve proprietary
    parts or technology not otherwise available;
        (5) purchases and contracts for the use, purchase,
    delivery, movement, or installation of data processing
    equipment, software, or services and telecommunications
    and interconnect equipment, software, and services;
        (6) contracts for duplicating machines and supplies;
        (7) contracts for utility services such as water,
    light, heat, telephone or telegraph;
        (8) contracts for goods or services procured from
    another governmental agency;
        (9) purchases of equipment previously owned by some
    entity other than the district itself; and
        (10) contracts for goods or services which are
    economically procurable from only one source, such as for
    the purchase of magazines, books, periodicals, pamphlets,
    reports, and online subscriptions.
    Contracts for emergency expenditures are also exempt from
competitive bidding when the emergency expenditure is approved
by a vote of 3/4 of the members of the board.
    (b) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (a) of this
Section, all proposals to award contracts involving amounts in
excess of $20,000 shall be published at least 10 days,
excluding Sundays and legal holidays, in advance of the date
announced for the receiving of bids, in a secular English
language daily newspaper of general circulation throughout the
district. Advertisements for bids shall describe the character
of the proposed contract or agreement in sufficient detail to
enable the bidders thereon to know what their obligations will
be, either in the advertisement itself, or by reference to
detailed plans and specifications on file at the time of the
publication of the first announcement. Such advertisement
shall also state the date, time and place assigned for the
opening of bids, and no bids shall be received at any time
subsequent to the time indicated in the announcement. All
competitive bids for contracts involving an expenditure in
excess of $20,000 must be sealed by the bidder and must be
opened by a member of the board or an employee of the district
at a public bid opening at which the contents of the bids must
be announced. Each bidder must receive at least 3 days notice
of the time and place of the bid opening.
    (c) In addition to contracts entered into under the
Governmental Joint Purchasing Act, a board of trustees may
enter into contracts for supplies, materials, or work involving
an expenditure in excess of $20,000 through participation in a
joint governmental or nongovernmental purchasing program that
requires as part of its selection procedure a competitive
solicitation and procurement process.
(Source: P.A. 98-799, eff. 1-1-15.)
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 7/26/2019