On May 10, 2016 State Senator Pam Althoff (R-McHenry) was joined by Rep. Dan Brady (R-Bloomington) and the directors of the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Capital Development Board, and Central Management Services in calling for the General Assembly to advance legislation that would save Illinois taxpayers $500 million annually through procurement reform.
Senate Bill 2400 filed by Sen. Althoff is a set of reforms that would create a more efficient purchasing system in Illinois. “We need to advance this legislation now in order to streamline bureaucracy, give greater flexibility to State agencies, and move Illinois to follow best practices of other states,” said Sen. Althoff.
These reforms include the creation of a pool of pre-qualified vendors for supplies and services, and would allow State and local governments to enter into purchasing consortiums in hopes of leveraging buying power. In addition, the reforms would carve out procurement code exemptions for an array of instances including service contracts, trade shows and units of higher education, while at the same time speeding up the purchasing process.
“The current procurement process is extremely cumbersome and takes nine to twelve months to complete,” said Althoff. “These reforms are critical in order to provide increased efficiency and greater savings.”
Sen. Althoff applauded the bill’s transparency and ethical conduct at the press conference. “This bill has transparency measures that continue to require high levels of qualifications for those involved in procurement, while at the same time requiring an audit of procurement by the Auditor General every two years, “ she said. “The legislation will speed up the procurement process while also maintaining high levels of ethical conduct and transparency at all steps of the procurement process.”