Gov. Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 8, a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by State Sen. Chapin Rose, that makes the state procurement process more efficient and transparent, thus saving money for Illinois taxpayers.
“I want to thank the governor for signing this necessary bill today,” State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) said. “The state’s draconian procurement code has wasted money for far too long. As many know, I have been leading the charge on this issue for several years. This law will save money for taxpayers and drive more money to student services across Illinois universities.”
“Procurement rules are often confusing and difficult for vendors, state entities and universities,” Gov. Rauner said. “Reforming the procurement process allows more flexibility for vendors. Removing red tape will make it easier for small and midsize businesses to bid on state contracts. This is a win for our government agencies, for universities, for businesses and, most importantly, for taxpayers.”
Specifically, SB 8 eliminates unnecessary administrative delays for state universities. The bill also permits Illinois to enter into joint purchasing agreements with other units of government, allowing state and local government entities to save money because of their increased purchasing power.
The bill was supported by a bipartisan group of legislators, state universities and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.