State: IML says we can do more with joint purchasing

As Governor Bruce Rauner continues to campaign, trying to find more savings for taxpayers by “rethinking how government purchases things,” a group representing local governments says efforts are already underway to bring savings to communities.

They’re called Joint Purchasing Agreements, and Illinois Municipal League Executive Director Brad Cole says they’re a great way for local governments to find taxpayers cost savings by banding together to get discounts for a variety of things.

“It could be regular supplies, it could be maintenance related to roads or construction, it could be vehicles.”

Cole says the state could partner with local governments to find even bigger cost savings.

“They do it right now for vehicle purchases, particularly squad cars for police departments. The state can coordinate these themselves and offer it to different municipalities or different organizations.”

Cole says the state could expand on current programs to join with local governments.

“Either provide some statutory release so it is easier for groups to combine and form these intergovernmental agreements or they could do it to offer them themselves like they do in the existing programs.”

Cole says there are also regional procurement agreements the state could join. Meanwhile, Cole says there is one downside to Joint Purchasing Agreements — overlooking local products or services.

Meanwhile, Cole says there is one downside to Joint Purchasing Agreements — overlooking local products or services.

“You do lose that a little bit,” he says, “but the community can always decide if it is in the best interest of the community to buy something locally if they want to. So, there are very few downsides.”


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