SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) has filed bipartisan legislation, House Bill 4215, that would save Illinois’ nine public universities an estimated $100 million in annual costs to purchase equipment and supplies by allowing the governing body of each university to make procurement decisions on their own. Currently, public universities are bound by the multitude of regulatory processes set forth in the Illinois Procurement Code.
“The process for Illinois’ public universities to purchase equipment and supplies is so costly and cumbersome that federal grants at the University of Illinois are actually being housed at Purdue University in Indiana,” Rep. Batinick said. “We can’t expect to properly recruit the best and brightest students to our state universities if they are being forced to pay higher tuition at a university that cannot maintain its own procurement process under state law.” “This bill is just one more aspect of my efforts to free universities from complicated state mandates so that they can keep their focus where it should be – on recruiting and educating our students. We cannot afford to watch Illinois continue to export 16,000 students each year. We have options to keep more of our bright young minds here at home to receive a world-class education at an Illinois public university.”
Rep. Batinick’s House Bill 4215, the Illinois College Procurement Reform Act, has bipartisan support with Representative Jack Franks (D-Woodstock) signing on as Chief Co-Sponsor.