The Purchasing Division assists all City departments in the procurement of materials, supplies, equipment, and services at the best value and consistent with the Illinois Compiled Statutes and the City’s Procurement Code. All procurement decisions are in the best interest of the City through intelligent action and fair dealings, resulting in obtaining maximum value for the City.

The primary goals of the City’s procurement program are:

  • To comply with the legal requirements of public procurement and purchasing;
  • To assure vendors that fair and equal treatment is afforded to all who wish to do business with the City;
  • To receive maximum value for each dollar spent by awarding the contract to the lowest responsible bidder, taking into consideration quality, performance, technical support, delivery schedule, past performance, and other relevant factors;
  • To provide City departments the required goods, equipment and services at the time and place needed and in the proper quantity and quality;
  • To promote environmentally safe products and services while taking into consideration factors such as price, performance, availability, and safety;
  • To promote sound and useful vendor relations, cultivated by informed and fair buying practices and strict maintenance of ethical standards; and
  • To maximize the value of public funds in procurement, and to provide safeguards for maintaining a procurement system of quality and integrity.


The mission of the purchasing manager is to procure quality goods and services at the lowest possible cost consistent with the quality needed to provide the best service to the public while ensuring fair and equal opportunity to all qualified vendors.


The vision of the purchasing manager is to enable user departments to better serve the City’s businesses and residents by obtaining the services, supplies, and construction when needed and at the best value to the City.