By now you may be saying to yourself “I have all this information, but WHAT do I DO with it??”
1. Register on one or more volumes of the Illinois Procurement Bulletin, and for CDB or DOT, begin the prequalification process.
Yes, there is more than one Bulletin. Each Chief Procurement Officer publishes a volume of the Illinois Procurement Bulletin. While registration is not required to browse and view available opportunities, you will need to register on most of the volumes in order to download solicitations, receive updates and email notifications.
For CDB and DOT, firms are required to prequalify prior to bidding or providing applications for selection. If you are interested in these procurement opportunities, it is highly recommended you begin the prequalification process now.
2. Register on the Illinois Procurement Gateway (IPG).
The IPG is a web-based system that allows prospective vendors to provide disclosures, registrations, and other documentation needed to do business with a State agency or university in advance of any particular procurement. Upon satisfactory enrollment, vendors will receive a registration number that may be used in place of paper submission of required forms.
Prior to beginning your registration, you’ll want to make sure you have the following information handy:
Procurement Communication Reporting Requirement - There are specific requirements set forth by the Illinois Procurement Code with regard to communications between State employees and potential vendors related to State procurements. The reporting requirements are for State employees and are set forth in Section 50-39 of the Code at 30 ILCS 500/50.
Political Contributions – There is a prohibition on political contributions found in Section 50-37 of the Illinois Procurement Code (30 ILCS 500/50-37). We encourage every vendor to be familiar with this section of the Code and to seek legal advice as to how this section affects your company.
Please note, in most cases contributions to the Governor and Lieutenant Governor as well as all other declared candidates for those offices are prohibited. In addition, contributions made by entities and persons affiliated with your business are also prohibited. For more information about which entities and persons are considered “affiliated” with your business please see the Business Registration FAQ available on the State Board of Elections website at http://www.elections.il.gov/InfoForBusinesses.aspx or the Illinois Procurement Code at Section 50-37 (30 ILCS 500/50-37) which is available on the General Assembly’s website at http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=532&ChapterID=7.
If you are unsure whether the prohibition on political contributions applies to your business, please refer to the Illinois Procurement Code at Section 50-37 available on the General Assembly’s website at http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=532&ChapterID=7.
Finally, please note if a vendor is found to violate this prohibition, all contracts between State agencies and that vendor are voidable. If a vendor violates this prohibition 3 or more times within a 36-month period, then all contracts between State agencies and that vendor are void.
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