News

Aldermen Overwhelmingly Reject New NJPA Agreement

Aldermen Overwhelmingly Reject New NJPA Agreement

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

Springfield aldermen overwhelmingly rejected an ordinance to procure big ticket items through a national purchasing agreement.

Just one alderman out of ten voted to pass an ordinance to buy “personal supplies, property and services” through the National Joint Powers Alliance.

“It provides an opportunity for the city to save money when it’s going out for bid,” said Mayor Mike Houston. “If members of the city council did not want to use that instrument to save money, we will not use it.”

Houston says the contract would have bought larger, not locally available items for City Water Light and Power. The ordinance doesn’t specify that.

Houston says the overwhelming rejection is “100 percent” due to blowback from the NJPA procurement of the NAPA contract to manage parts for the city’s vehicle fleet. Aldermen then, and now, say local companies aren’t getting a fair chance to bid on contracts.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Illinois Awards $25.8M in Health Outreach Grants

Health

Most of the same Illinois organizations that helped consumers sign up for insurance in the first year of the Affordable Care Act will receive additional funding for a second year.

in Local

Quinn: No Point in Plan B for Pension Overhaul

pension

Amid signals that Illinois' pension overhaul could be found unconstitutional, Gov. Pat Quinn argued Friday that it makes no sense to develop a contingency plan.

in Local

Durbin Envious of Scottish Independence Vote Turnout

dickdurbin1

Not because it almost separated from the United Kingdom through a vote rather than a war, but because of how many voters turned out.

in Local

SUV Rollover Crash at 11th/Jefferson Causes Injuries

medical

The crash happened around 12:45 Friday afternoon.

in Local

Man Arrested in Connection With Rochester Body

BRADLEY PERKINS 120238

Bradley D. Perkins is being held in the Sangamon County Jail on $250,000 bond.