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Vendor Information

All purchases at the University of Illinois System are made according to the provisions of the Illinois Procurement Code, the Procurement Rules of the Chief Procurement Officer for Public Institutions of Higher Education, and other applicable state and federal regulations.

The Purchasing Division of the Office of Business and Financial Services (OBFS) supports the procurement requirements of the University of Illinois in a professional, ethical and timely manner. Purchases of equipment, materials, commodities, supplies, and services for the system are made competitively where possible. Performance, quality, suitability, delivery, and service are factors considered in buying.

Invitations For Sealed Bid/Request For Proposals

Invitations for Sealed Bid (IFSB), Requests for Proposal (RFP), or quotations are used in purchasing or contracting for competitive items where practical or required by law.

Bid limits for goods and services other than professional and artistic services are adjusted annually by the Chief Procurement Officer for Higher Education. Please see Bid (IFB)/Request for Proposal (RFP) limits for the current fiscal year.

Illinois Higher Education Procurement Bulletin

Invitations for bids and requests for proposals for goods and services are placed in the Illinois Higher Education Procurement Bulletin. Information included provides the bid due date, time, and place of the bid opening. Many solicitation documents are available for download from the Bulletin's site. All responses to solicitations are publicly opened.


The University of Illinois System is a tax-exempt institution and is not obligated to pay Illinois sales tax. The system is also exempt from sales tax in some other states. See OBFS Policies and Procedures Manual; Section 18.6, Sales and Use Tax/Goods and Services Tax. Please reference the State of IL Sales Tax Exempt Letter from the Illinois Department of Revenue for information about our exempt sales tax status.

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Last Updated: July 26, 2018

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