Calling All Interested Vendors

Vendors: Let your services transform CLC & Lake County

When you supply goods or services to the College of Lake County, you gain a well-established customer, strengthen the local economy and become our partner in everything our education delivers. We have been busy expanding campuses and making technological, sustainable upgrades. And we’re ready to do more.

We’re always interested in the local vendors who are our neighbors. We know that our purchasing power can play a role in supporting Lake County’s economy. So, we’re excited to see your bids and other proposals.

Our procurement processes

CLC makes different types of purchases in accordance 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)

Contact us

Procurement Services
Grayslake, Room E186
(847) 543-2084

Types of purchases

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.

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.

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, CLC 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.

Business Enterprise Program

The college's aspires to award contracts to businesses owned by minorities, females and persons with disabilities. To support this effort, the college encourages all businesses that have gross sales of less than $75 million and are at least 51% owned/controlled by a minority, woman or person with disabilities (30 ILCS 575) to register to be a Business Enterprise Program (BEP) certified business with the State of Illinois.