Jimenez cheers passage of procurement reform measure
The state procurement reforms recently enacted under Senate Bill 8 are a great step, but more must be done to save money and help the Illinois economy, Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez (R-Leland Grove), a cosponsor of the bill, said in a press release.
“We can and must do a better job of reducing the cost of delivering government services to local families,” Jimenez said in the release. “The reforms signed into law today will provide increased flexibility and efficiencies in state purchasing guidelines that has the potential to result in savings for taxpayers.”
Jimenez said some state agencies will now be able to launch pilot programs for best value procurement. The law will also enable joint purchasing agreements and allow for analysis of the state’s procurement practices in relation to minority-, female-, disabled- and veteran-owned businesses, she said.
“This package of reforms passed both the House and Senate with strong bi-partisan support,” Jimenez said in the release. “It’s a significant achievement, but more must follow. I am committed to continue working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to reach agreement on further reforms that will help grow our economy and provide savings for taxpayers.”