Welcome to the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) State Purchasing Office. We want to do business with you!
The Illinois Department of Human Services buys everything from food to lawn care to office furniture to consulting services. Since we run social service facilities, maintain office buildings and more, IDHS needs virtually everything consumers and businesses need. So chances are we buy what you sell.
We have recently made many improvements to our procurement process, so doing business with Illinois is now easier than ever.
How to Sell to Illinois
- Sell 2 Illinois - This important site is for potential vendors who wish to provide services and supplies to the State of Illinois. A Vendor is defined as a business or organization that provides supplies or services to the State for compensation.
Opportunities in Illinois
Illinois Procurement Bulletin - This Bulletin contains all procurement announcements, including solicitations and awards, published to meet the requirements of the Illinois Procurement Code. [30 ILCS 500]. This includes procurements of supplies and services by executive branch agencies under the jurisdiction of the Department of Central Management Services as Chief Procurement Officer. You must register on the Bulletin in order to take full advantage of all of its features.
The Small Business Set-Aside Program - Allows for the Chief Procurement Officer of the State of Illinois to allocate a fair portion of construction, supply, and service contracts for award to small businesses in Illinois. Legislation effective January 1, 2005 increases annual sales limits for wholesale and retail businesses so that more companies can be considered small businesses when competing for state contracts.
Business Enterprise Program -The Illinois Business Enterprise Program for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities (BEP) promotes the economic development of businesses owned by minorities, females, and persons with disabilities.
Some Requirements for Business in Illinois
Department of Human Rights -All vendors (in-state, out-of-state) if you have employed fifteen or more employees at any time during the 365-day period immediately preceding the publication of a solicitation in the Illinois Procurement Bulletin, you must have a current Public Contract Number from the Department of Human Rights or have proof of having submitted a completed application (IDHR Employers Report Form PC-1) for one prior to public bid opening date.
Bidder's Application Form (BAF) - Vendors may pre-qualify by completing the BAF form. NOTE: Pre-qualification is not a requirement in order to do business with the State of Illinois. It does however make agencies aware of what supplies or services you can provide.
Out of State Vendors - Out-of-State vendors must contact the Illinois Secretary of State regarding a certificate of authority to do business in Illinois.
More Information & Resources
- The Illinois Business Portal - The Illinois Business Portal can help you at any stage in your business life cycle. Whether you are starting a new business, running a business, or changing an existing business, this site can help you get the answers you need.
- DHS, Procurement.
If you would like to discuss Procurement with DHS please contact The Department's State Purchasing Office at (217) 782-1534.
If you have questions regarding this Procurement page please contact Sonny DiGiovanna at (217) 782-1534.