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Small Purchase Limits / Competitive Solicitation Thresholds (Updated for Fiscal Year 2017)

The Illinois Procurement Code has established small purchase limits/competitive solicitation thresholds for individual procurements of supplies, services, professional or artistic services, and procurement of construction. These adjustments are effective August 9, 2017. The small purchase limits/competitive solicitation thresholds are as follows:

Purchase Type Small Purchase Limit / Competitive Solicitation Threshold
Supplies, Equipment or General Services (Excludes Professional & Artistic Services) Less than or equal to $100,000
Construction Less than or equal to $100,000
Professional and Artistic Services including:
  • Law
  • Accounting
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Custom-Produced Art
Less than $100,000

Those construction-related professional services subject to the Architectural, Engineering and Land Surveying Qualifications Based Selection Act [30 ILCS 535] are exempted from the Procurement Code, and currently are required to be procured through competitive selection procedures if greater than or equal to $25,000.

Real property purchases and capital improvement leases continue to be subject to competitive solicitation through a request for information (RFI) if the purchase/lease is greater than or equal to $100,000 per year or greater than or equal to 10,000 square feet of space.

A notice is posted with the Rules as they are published at the Illinois Procurement Bulletin - Public Institutions of Higher Education.


If you have any questions about the new small purchase limits/competitive solicitation thresholds, please contact your campus purchasing department:

Urbana Purchasing

217-333-3505 - Service Desk Request Form

Chicago Purchasing

312-996-7084 -

Springfield Purchasing

217-206-6651 -

System Purchasing and Support Services

For System-level (Chart 9) Offices

(217) 333-9BUY (9289) -

Last Updated: August 21, 2019

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