The Purchasing Department is comprised of two units: Purchasing, and Central Stores/
Receiving. Each unit works together to ensure goods and services are procured, rendered,
and distributed correctly.
To obtain commodities, equipment, and services to support the educational mission
of the University. To follow sound business methods consistent with the Higher Education
Procurement Rules, the Illinois Procurement Code, and other applicable state and federal
The purchasing function consists of business processes related to the acquisition
of goods and services for the University. Purchases of equipment, materials, commodities,
supplies, and services for the University are made competitively where practicable.
Performance, quality, suitability, delivery, and services are factors considered in
buying. All purchases are made according to the provisions of the Illinois Procurement
Code and the Procurement Rules of the Chief Procurement Officer for Public Institutions
of Higher Education and other applicable state and federal regulations.
Central Stores/ Receiving Responsibility
To meet the supply needs of the University colleges and departments. Central Stores
provides items that are purchased on a repetitive basis to the University community
in a more timely manner, and usually at a better price that would be available with
individual purchases. Central Stores carries a wide range of general office, computer,
housekeeping, and maintenance supplies. Central Stores is also responsible for the
receiving and distribution of incoming university shipments, the filling of loss and
damage claims, distribution of interdepartmental packages and mail, central shipping,