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How to do Business with the College of Lake County

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Grayslake, Room C115
Phone: (847) 543-2084

The College of Lake County has strong local connections, and we know that our purchasing power can play a role in supporting our local economy. That is why we are encouraging local vendors to learn more about our procurement needs and submit bids and other proposals for our work.

Procurement Processes

CLC makes different types of purchases in accord with state law and regulations, the Illinois Community College Act and related policies and procedures approved by the CLC board of trustees. Different procurement processes apply, depending on the nature of the work or services and the dollar value involved. View CLC’s Procurement Policy (PDF).

Types of Purchases

  • Invitations for bids: purchases over $25,000. Bids are competitive and must be sealed by the vendor. Awards are made to the lowest, most responsible bidder whose bid is in accordance with the terms, conditions and specifications outlined in the bid document. State law does not allow the college to provide preference to local vendors, but the college actively encourages vendors based within the college district to submit bids.
  • Non-biddable purchases/RFPs over $25,000. Certain kinds of purchases are exempt from bid law. These involve certain supplies, materials or work, such as creative or information technology services.
  • Requests for quotes: purchases between $5,000 and $25,000. Projects in this range are not bid, but the college requires three competitive written quotations before award. Generally, the College makes the award based on the lowest priced quote.
  • Purchases of less than $5,000. The college does not require competitive quotations for award of work in this price range, although competitive quotations are encouraged when practical.

Steps to Get Started

  1. Fill out a vendor profile form online.
  2. Watch for advertisements of bid opportunities in the Daily Herald, or check Current Bids and RFPs for current solicitations.
  3. Respond to solicitations providing the information requested and meeting the deadlines indicated.
  4. Review the PO terms (PDF).

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