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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Prevailing Wage Act Amendments Pass Senate

Illinois Senate Bill 2643 would amend the Prevailing Wage Act in a manner that could increase the cost of construction projects for local governments.  According to the legislative summary, it:
  • Defines "responsible bidder" as individuals or firms meeting specified requirements of the Illinois Procurement Code.
  • Provides that a public body must require each contractor and subcontractor to be a responsible bidder.
  • Requires bids to include the total number of straight-time hours, identified as either "journeyperson" or "apprentice," for each craft or type of worker or mechanic needed to execute the contract.
The proposed legislation incorporates many of the same provisions included in the "responsible bidder" ordinances supported by unions over the past several years.  The legislation appears to be designed to reduce competition and increase the use of union businesses.  As currently drafted, it reduces the local government's discretion and could result in increased costs for public projects.  This bill has passed the Senate and is now under consideration by the House.

Post Authored by Adam Simon, Ancel Glink


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