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Source : Contractor News
July 26, 2023
Author : Patty Allen
Illinois is taking significant steps to address environmental concerns and procurement issues in government contracting. The Abandoned Mine Land program addresses major ecological and safety issues at abandoned coal and non-coal mines before August 3, 1977.
Through the IIJA, IDNR (Illinois Department of Natural Resources) is entitled to receive $75.7 million per year for 15 years to address new reclamation projects.
As per the Illinois Procurement Code, contracts for Abandoned Mined Land Reclamation Projects valued more than $100,000 will be awarded to a qualified bidder following either of the two conditions,
The Illinois Procurement Code further states that the IDNR has to give a contract to the lowest responsible bidder. But if a qualified bidder who will complete the contract by using former coal mine workers may be given preference over other bidders who can't do that as long as the bid isn't more than 2% higher than the low bid.
As part of these provisions it also includes contractor diversity reporting and measures to streamline requirements for small and diverse businesses.
It will be required that annual small business report of the Business Enterprise Council is made public. It will require contractors to provide more transparency when working on state contracts to ensure every effort is made toward spending funds with diverse subs and suppliers. Furthermore it raises the earnings cap on the veteran-owned small business certification from $75 million to $150 million, and allows for the creation of particular public-private transportation partnerships.
After being passed by the Senate and the Upper House, the bill is currently with the Governor, pending his signature.