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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

New Laws Relating to Government Contracts

2 new Illinois laws were recently enacted to modify statutory provisions relating to public contracting requirements and procedures, as summarized below:

Prevailing Wage Amendment

P.A. 100-0154 amends the Prevailing Wage Act to give public bodies the option to post the prevailing rate of wages on their website, rather than publish the prevailing rate of wages in the newspaper. The statute allows the alternative "publication" if (1) the Department of Labor ascertains the prevailing rate of wages for the public body and (2) the public body posts on its website a notice of its prevailing wage determination with a hyperlink to the prevailing wage schedule for that locality that is published on the Department of Labor's website.

Competitive Bidding Amendments

The Illinois Municipal Code requires municipalities to competitively bid any public project if the expense will exceed $20,000.  P.A. 100-0338 increases that amount to $25,000. 

The Public Act makes similar changes to the Illinois Local Library Act and the Public Library District Act to increase the public improvement expenses to trigger competitive bidding from $20,000 to $25,000.  

Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf


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