Breeze-Courier | Taylorville, IL
weather sponsored by

Advanced Search
search sponsored by



home : news : state news free February 5, 2016

8/30/2013 11:37:00 AM
State logs $135 million in no-bid contracts

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State officials authorized more than $135 million in no-bid contracts during the most recent fiscal year — about 33 percent more than the year before, records show.

The sum is 300 percent higher than what was recorded during the last year of Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s administration, according to a report  by The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers.

The state typically puts contracts out for a bid to ensure taxpayers get the best deal, but no-bid contracts are used in some emergencies.

Ed Bedore, a member of Illinois’ Procurement Policy Board, said he’s frustrated because he believes the state is increasingly using no-bid contracts due to human error that forces agencies to scramble to buy goods and services.

He called that “general incompetence.”

“Do the agencies not care? Are they complacent? There is something wrong here,” he said during a recent meeting. “Every year, it is increasing.”

For example: State corrections officials spent $15,000 in a no-bid contract for hot dog seasoning because the previous contract expired and a new one wasn’t in place.

Abdon Pallasch, the state’s assistant budget director, said they’re issued for a variety of purposes, including trying to implement new legislation, litigation delays, a lack of competing bidders or extended negotiations.

“Emergency procurements should be used, by definition, only in emergencies, when required to meet the state’s obligations under the law to provide certain goods and services,” he said in a statement.

State officials said they’re doing more to make sure the no-bid contracts are issued because of lapses in planning.

Anderson Jewelers

Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

If you are looking for the SPEAK OUT submission form, you can find it by clicking here: Speak Out Form

Article comments are not posted immediately to the Web site. Each submission must be approved by the Web site editor, who may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submission while the web site editor reviews and approves it.

NOTE: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number and email address will not be displayed or shared.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Trinity Dodge Fixed

Larry's Service Center
NewsWebPagesOpinionPeopleObituariesAg & BusinessSportsContact Us
Subscriptions | Username & Password Reminder | Change Password | Life

Breeze-Courier & Printing | 212 S Main St. Taylorville, IL 62568 | (217) 824-2233 |

© Copyright 2014 Breeze-Courier & Printing. All Rights Reserved.
Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Breeze-Courier & Printing.

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved