lOiS STATE LIB ARY
SEP U% 2008
iL INOIS DOCUMENlS
EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 3 (2008)
EXECUTIVE ORDER FURTHER PROTECTING THE INTEGRITY OF STATEı PROCUREMENTSı
WHEREAS, the laws of this State expressly require that the State procure goods and services in a manner that maximizes the value of public expenditures for goods and services and maintains the integrity and public trust of State government (30 ILCS 500/50-1); and
WHEREAS, every State Officer has some influence upon the State procurement process, whether through the decision to award a State contract, the appropriation of monies to pay for State contracts, or the decision to release State funds in accord with the terms of a contract; and
WHEREAS, political contributions by State contractors to State Officers or to political organizations that make expenditures on behalf of such Officers contributes to public cynicism regarding the integrity of the government procurement process; and
WHEREAS, it is my intent that State Agencies avoid practices that threaten to undelmine public confidence in the integrity of the State procurement processes or that create an appearance of impropriety; and
WHEREAS, the State has a compelling interest in protecting the integrity of its procurement processes by ensuring the public has confidence that the award of State contracts is based upon price, quality, service and other merit-based factors, and not on political contributions to State Officers; and
WHEREAS, as Governor, I have the authority under Article V, Section 8 and Article XIII, Section 2 of the Illinois Constitution to establish and enforce ethical standards for all State Agencies under my jurisdiction and control; and
WHEREAS, I am committed to enhancing public trust in govenunent by promoting respect for high ethical standards in the procurement process and by implementing strong measures to enforce those standards; and
WHEREAS, this Executive Order directly advances the State's compelling interests in protecting the integrity of the procurement process, ensuring that procurement decisions are based solely on merit, and maximizing the value of public expenditures for goods and services.
THEREFORE, I, Rod R. Blagojevich, as Governor of the State of Illinois, hereby order the following:
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