About Suburban Purchasing Cooperative (SPC)


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The Suburban Purchasing Cooperative is a joint purchasing program sponsored by the Northwest Municipal Conference (NWMC), DuPage Mayors & Managers Conference (DMMC) South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA), and Will County Governmental League (WCGL). Together, those organizations represent 144 municipalities and townships in northeastern Illinois.

All public agencies as defined by the Illinois Governmental Joint Purchasing Act, as well as not-for-profit agencies that qualify under Section 45-35 of the Illinois Procurement Code, are eligible to participate in SPC joint purchasing programs.

Illinois statutes, 525/2 from Ch. 85, par. 1602. (Governmental Joint Purchasing Act), authorize that any governmental unit may purchase personal property, supplies and services jointly with one or more other governmental units. All such joint purchases shall be by competitive solicitation as provided in Section 4 of this Act.

The SPC exemplifies the benefits of intergovernmental cooperation. The goal of the SPC is to combine the resources and purchasing power of governments and not-for-profit entities to jointly negotiate advantageous contract terms on a line of high-quality products at the best possible price.

Economies of scale in terms of pricing and staff resources are the prime objectives of the SPC Joint Purchasing Program. By purchasing through the SPC, participants not only save money but time as well. Acting as an extension of the purchaser’s staff, SPC staff works diligently in order to avoid the needless duplication of effort through in-house coordination of several functions involved in the procurement process. 

The SPC’s portfolio of cooperative purchasing contracts and strategic alliances make the SPC an invaluable resource for eligible entities. Our competitively-solicited supplier contracts streamlines the purchasing process to help local government agencies achieve their strategic goals.

SPC programs provide public agencies and not-for-profit entities with access to contracts for goods and services at pre-negotiated rates or prices. The participating agency then purchases the goods or services with contracted vendors by placing purchase orders or entering into contracts based on the SPC rates or prices directly with the vendors.