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(65 ILCS 5/8-9-1)
(from Ch. 24, par. 8-9-1)
In municipalities of less than 500,000 except
as otherwise provided in Articles 4 and 5 any work or other
public improvement which is not to be paid for in whole or in
part by special assessment or special taxation, when the expense
thereof will exceed $25,000, shall be constructed either (1)
by a contract let to the lowest responsible bidder after
advertising for bids, in the manner prescribed by ordinance,
except that any such contract may be entered into by the proper
officers without advertising for bids, if authorized by a vote
of two-thirds of all the alderpersons or trustees then holding office;
or (2) in the following manner, if authorized by a vote of
two-thirds of all the alderpersons or trustees then holding office,
to-wit: the commissioner of public works or other proper officers
to be designated by ordinance, shall superintend and cause to
be carried out the construction of the work or other public
improvement and shall employ exclusively for the performance
of all manual labor thereon, laborers and artisans whom the
municipality shall pay by the day or hour; and all material
of the value of $25,000 and upward used in the construction of
the work or other public improvement, shall be purchased by
contract let to the lowest responsible bidder in the manner
to be prescribed by ordinance. However, nothing contained
in this Section shall apply to any contract by a city, village
or incorporated town with the federal government or any agency thereof.
In every city which has adopted Division 1 of Article 10,
every such laborer or artisan shall be certified by the civil
service commission to the commissioner of public works or other
proper officers, in accordance with the requirement of that division.
In municipalities of 500,000 or more population the letting of
contracts for work or other public improvements of the character
described in this Section shall be governed by the provisions of
Division 10 of this Article 8.
(Source: P.A. 102-15, eff. 6-17-21.)