* Last fiscal year, the Quinn administration approved more than $135 million in no-bid emergency purchases. That’s a new record.
Some of it is understandable…
Sometimes, however, an unexpected need arises. Recently, for example, the Illinois State Police and other agencies had to scramble to purchase goods and services to help implement the state’s new concealed weapons law. They also may have to declare an emergency if, for example, a tornado damages the roof of a prison.
But some of it clearly ain’t…
The Illinois Department of Corrections, for example, recently had to make a no-bid emergency purchase of $15,000 for hot dog seasoning to be used at the Menard Correctional Center meat shop.
The reason: The prior contract for wiener spices had expired and a new contract wasn’t yet in place.
This is a laughable explanation…
Matt Brown, the state’s chief procurement officer, acknowledged a lack of manpower in some agencies might be playing a role. But, he said ensuring that contracts don’t expire without a new contract in place is a matter of good planning.
A “matter of good planning” would be to make sure that basic state contracts don’t have to be let on an emergency, no-bid basis.