Prairie State hires janitorial firm without seeking bids
July 1, 2010
CHICAGO — The Prairie State College Board approved a controversial janitorial contract with Absolute Best Cleaning Services, according to the Southtown Star.
The one-year contract, which did not go out for competitive bidding, is worth $726,840, the article noted.
Board members Margaret Donohue and Kathleen Doyle voted against the measure during Tuesday''s board meeting, citing a lack of competitive bidding for the contract, the article stated.
"I appreciate the fact that Absolute Best has offered reductions last year and again this year, but this indicates to me that they hold an unfair advantage over other potential vendors who are denied the ability to compete through the open bid process," Donohue said.
"As a result, the college may not be getting the lowest responsible bid," Donohue added.
Owned by John Finnin, Absolute Best Cleaning has been servicing the college since 2003, when it received a three-year contract: It has received yearly no-bid contracts from the college since 2007, the article concluded.
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