State officials authorized more than $135 million in emergency no-bid contracts during the most recent fiscal year — about 33 percent more than the year before.
The sum is 300 percent higher than what was recorded during the last year of Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s administration. The state typically puts contracts out for a bid to ensure taxpayers get the best deal. But no-bid contracts are used in some emergencies.
One member of Illinois’ Procurement Policy Board says they’re increasingly being used when agencies scramble to buy goods and services because of human error.
For example: State corrections officials spent $15,000 in a no-bid contract for hot dog seasoning because the previous contract expired and a new one wasn’t in place.