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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Public Contracts

Expansion of subject matter scope for service contracts May 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 220 The Illinois Service Contract Act is amended to expand the category of things that service contacts may be provided for.
Procurement preference for service-disabled and veteran-owned small businesses March 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 120 In an effort to meet the state's goal of promoting veteran-owned small businesses (VOSB) and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB), the Department of Central Management Services (CMS) adopted a new section to the administrative code giving preference to such businesses in the state's procurement process. 44 Ill. Adm. Code 20 (eff. Dec. 5, 2013).
New records requirements for public works contractors February 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 68 The Prevailing Wage Act has been amended to extend the period that contractors and subcontractors participating in public works are required to make and retain records for all workers employed by them in their public works projects.
Government contract procurement policies amended to accommodate ebids August 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 392 Effective April 19, 2013, the Chief Procurement Officer (the "CPO") for the Illinois Department of Transportation (the "Department") amended the Illinois government procurement and contract provisions, largely in part to accommodate electronic bids ("ebids") by summer 2013. 44 Ill. Adm. Code 6.
Amendments to purchasing and contracts standards June 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 284 Implementing legislative changes to the state's procurement process, the Office of the Auditor General ("OAG") has amended Part 500 of Title 44 of the Illinois Administrative Code.
State creates greater opportunities for minority contractors. PA 097-0590 December 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 610 The State Comptroller Act has been amended to introduce the Minority Contractor Opportunity Initiative (15 ILCS 405/23.9 new).
A Contractor’s Legal Guide to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act By Louis J. Gale September 2010 Article, Page 472 A look at the provisions contractors and their lawyers need to be aware of as they consider taking on ARRA-funded projects.
Court: Prevailing Wage Act does not apply to the TIF-financed pricate contractor By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2010 Lawpulse, Page 10 Supporters of the fourth-district decision say it, along with new legislation, will encourage private development and spur growth.
Green Buildings Act establishes green construction standards for state buildings. PA 096-0073 October 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 496 Illinois lawmakers have enacted the Green Buildings Act, creating environmental construction and design standards for all new state buildings and major renovation projects. 
The Public Construction Bond Act amended. PA 095-1011 April 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 174 The Illinois General Assembly amended section 1 of the Public Construction Bond Act to expand the requirements for bonds by contractors for state construction projects. 30 ILCS 550/1.
Substance Abuse Prevention on Public Works Projects Act passed. PA 095-0635 August 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 390 Illinois lawmakers passed the Substance Abuse Prevention on Public Works Projects Act. 820 ILCS 130/5.5. 
New procedures for selection of design-build firms for Capital Development Board Projects January 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 The Capital Development Board (CDB) has added a new part with sixteen new sections to Title 44, Government Contracts, Procurement and Property Management. 44 Ill Adm Code 1030.
Limitation period in Public Construction Bond Act is merely a minimum April 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 174 On January 26, 2006, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of Cook County, holding that a contractually-mandated one-year limitation period did not conflict with the provisions of the Public Construction Bond Act (Act).
School Code amended for additional sources of revenue PA 094-0714 March 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 118 On December 13, 2005, the "Contracts" section of the School Code (105 ILCS 5/10-20.21) was amended to better monitor contracts that generate supplementary revenue for school districts. 
State adopts Design-Build Procurement Act - PA 094-0716 February 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 68 The Design-Build Procurement Act was adopted on December 13, 2005, and the guidelines presented in the Act shall be abided by if doing so would be cost-effective and suitable for the particular project at issue.
Stairwell access requirements amended - PA094-0630 October 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 506 On August 19, 2005, the Public Building Egress Act (425 ILCS 55/1 et seq) (Act) was amended by adding section 1.5, which addresses access to buildings via stairwell doors.
Reporting requirements defined for appointees with interests in state contracts September 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 446 Part 565 of Title 2 was recently amended to add information on reporting requirements for State appointees under the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act ("Act"). 
Requirements Imposed to be Considered a Responsible Bidder for Purposes of the Illinois Procurement Code P.A. 093-0642 August 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 398 In order to be considered a responsible bidder on a construction contract, bidders must now comply with all requirements set forth by Section 5 of the Illinois Procurement Code and must present satisfactory evidence of compliance to the appropriate construction agency. 
Contract Carriers Not Exempted from Vehicle Safety Inspections P.A. 093-0637 May 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 242 Effective June 2004, the Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended to include, among the groups required to obtain a certificate of safety, vehicles of contract carriers transporting employees in the course of their employment on an Illinois highway in a vehicle designed to carry 15 or fewer passengers. 
State Requires Construction Contract Bidders to Meet Certain Labor Standards P.A. 93-0642 March 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 124 Effective June 1st, in order to be considered a responsible bidder on a construction contract, a bidder must comply with and present evidence of compliance with certain standards. 
Felons Convicted Under Sarbanes-Oxley Act Barred from Bidding on Government Contracts P.A. 93-0600 November 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 550 The Illinois Procurement Code was recently amended to prohibit any businesses whose officer, director, partner or managerial agent has been convicted of a felony under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2003.
Protecting Subcontractors’ Rights Under the Illinois Public Construction Bond Act By Peter J. Bedard October 2002 Article, Page 544 A look at how the Act can help your construction-business clients get paid for work they've done on public projects.