While Governor Bruce Rauner says he’s hoping the state can quote “rethink how government purchases things” to save tax dollars in government operations, a group representing local governments says a lot is happening but more can be done.
Joint Purchasing Agreements are ways for local and state governments to find savings by buying various goods and services in bulk. Illinois Municipal League Executive Director Brad Cole says it works great when purchasing things like road salt or police squad cars.
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Cole says the state already has a couple of programs where they work with local governments, but more can be done.
“Either provide some statutory relief so it’s easier for groups to combine or to form these intergovernmental agreements,” Cole said, “or they could do it to offer it themselves like they do in the existing programs.”
Cole does say one downside to the agreements is finding costs savings while overlooking local goods and services."