Official website for the City of Aurora, Illinois. Mayor Robert J. O'Connor

Lowest Responsible Bidder

In the city's bidding documents for all contracts except public works project contracts, "lowest responsible bidder" means the lowest bidder whose offer best responds in quality, fitness and capacity to the requirements of the proposed work or usage. "Lowest responsible bidder" means highest responsible bidder in those instances where the highest rather than the lowest price is desired.
Responsible bidder for public works project contracts means a bidder who meets all of the job specifications and who submits evidence of compliance with the following applicable criteria:

  • All applicable laws prerequisite to doing business in Illinois
  • Evidence of compliance with:
    • Federal Employer Tax Identification Number or Social Security Number (for individuals)
    • Equal Opportunity Employer provisions of Section 2000(e) of Chapter 21, Title 42 of the United States Code and Federal Executive Order No. 11246 as amended by Executive Order No. 11375
  • Certificates of insurance indicating the following coverage’s: general liability, worker's compensation, completed operations, automobile, hazardous occupation and product liability
  • Compliance with all provisions of the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act, including wages, medical and hospitalization insurance and retirement for those trades covered in the Act
  • The bidder for all such contracts in excess of $25,000 must participate in active apprenticeship and training programs approved and registered with the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training
  • All bidders are required to turn in certified payroll records as specified in Illinois Public Act 94-0515, and follow all provisions of the Employee Classification Act, 820 ILCS 185/1 et seq.
  • All bidders must demonstrate a good faith effort toward providing equal employment opportunities for residents to work as craftsperson’s, consistent with the racial, ethnic, and gender demographics of the labor force available in the city
  • All bidders must provide evidence of relevant experience that indicates the necessary capacity to perform the project and must provide adequate reference(s) verifying the quality of work performed