* More black hat vs. white hat…
A key member of Gov. Pat Quinn’s reform panel called Tuesday for lawmakers to approve meaningful state contract reforms so businesses that have given up on getting a fair shake no longer will view Illinois as the “Nigeria of the Midwest.”
Noting the state’s pay-to-play politics has been compared to a corrupt African nation, Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman said Illinois’ reputation prevents true competition for contracts and inevitably makes doing state business “more expensive, inefficient and wasteful.”
Comparing Illinois to “a corrupt African nation” is just a wee bit much. Obviously, that person has never been to a corrupt African nation or he would know better.
Some of the commission’s reform proposals regarding the procurement system prompted one wag to send me this e-mail…
I doubt any of them have ever bought as much as a pencil through a competitive bid process.
That may be true, but at least some of the commission’s procurement ideas are worthwhile, particularly “real time” reporting of the entire contracting process, identifying subcontractors and creating an independent oversight board to keep an eye on things. I’m not so sure about their plan to consolidate and wall off procurement directors from state agencies. That may not work well.
Anyway, there isn’t really a whole lot of meat in the news stories about yesterday’s hearing. Some drama, but a lot of he said/she said. So, I’ll just give you a roundup and you can discuss amongst yourselves…
* Ill. reform group pitches purchasing plan
* Forty days and 40 nights
* Reform panel says state purchasing needs to be overhauled
* Gov. Pat Quinn’s reform panel: Key member calls for changes in how Illinois awards contracts
* State contractors could have new watchdog
* SJR: Governor’s reform ideas need work: A better way to ensure turnover amongst lawmakers is to change Illinois’ ridiculous redistricting procedure.