You Paid for It: Emergency Contracts

Published 08/29 2013 09:55PM

Updated 08/30 2013 10:29AM

SPRINGFIELD -- The state of Illinois spent $135 million on emergency contracts last year, some of which may be the result of poor planning, experts say. It marks an increase of about $30 million from the year before.

One member of the state's watchdog panel for contracts says it's the highest amount in state history. Ed Bedore sits on the state's Procurement Policy Board. He says many of these emergency contracts are rooted from poor planning on behalf of state agencies. 

Some agencies let contracts expire without going to the re-bidding process. Then when those agencies need a product, they request an emergency contract. For example, earlier this year the Department of Corrections requested an emergency contract for $15,000 because its supply of hot dog seasoning ran out.  

The governor's office says some of the emergency contracts were the result of new legislation or pending litigation. A spokesperson said the office is working with agencies to reduce the number of emergency contracts.

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