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Purchasing is focusing on several new initiatives this year, including the Buy Local. Build Local. Work Local. program, this year's procurement opportunities, and more. Learn more about these initiatives, and the latest updates and opportunities from Lake County Purchasing by reading the Purchasing Division Newsletter​

Lake County's Bid Portal

Purchasing launched an online bid and vendor registration portal. You can access the new site directly at: Through the new online portal, vendors can download full bid packages, register to receive email notifications about procurement opportunities, post addendum questions, and download plan holder lists. The new tool also allows multiple individuals from the same firm to register.

ALL vendors are required to register on the new portal. To ensure you do not miss any upcoming Procurement Opportunities, please register today by visiting Vendor Registration and Login.

Doing Business with Lake County

Buy Local. Build Local. Work Local.Lake County invests $186 million each year on various goods and services including equipment, products, supplies, and services ranging from small to big purchases. In addition, the County has multi-million dollar construction projects including roads and buildings where products and services are needed. For example, the County Board recently approved a $100 million Courthouse Expansion Project which includes construction of a new nine-story court tower in Waukegan.

Lake County is committed to maximizing business opportunities for local, women-owned and minority business enterprises in an effort to keep dollars locally and promote workforce diversity. Beginning in 2013, the County Board has promoted that effort through the Buy Local. Build Local. Work Local Program. Learn more about the program overview and objectives.

Average annual spend by contract type
  1. Get Registered.
    Register your company.
  2. Get the Business.
    Submit bids, proposals, or quotes for your products and services. Lake County Purchasing will review, evaluate, and make a recommendation. If selected, you then enter into a contract with the County.
  3. Get Paid.
    Issue invoices for goods and services. The County will make payment within 30 days from the date the invoice was received.

The Lake County Procurement Ordinance must adhere to State procurement laws which require competitive solicitation of products and services above a certain dollar amount. Payments must be made in accordance with the Illinois Prompt Payment Act.​

Types of Purchases

Invitations for Bids (IFB) - For purchases of goods and commodities more than $30,000. Requires legal advertising and a formal, official opening of bids. Contract awarded to lowest responsive and responsible bidder. Requests for Proposals (RFP) - For purchase of professional services. For example: Equipment maintenance, consulting, engineering, janitorial. Contract awarded to most qualified vendor. Requests for Quotes (RFQ) - For various purchases under $30,000 using a purchase order or credit card, the County obtains quotes from vendors.
Steps for Bids, RFPs, and RFQs

Surplus Items

Lake County currently posts various items for auction on Obenauf Auctions.  This site also has surplus items from private entities.

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