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Representative Kelly Cassidy
One vendor has the entire contract for the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) vending machine program. That vendor charges families in the visiting room 1.5 times more for the same items than it does prison staff.
HB 3986 would create competition for vending machine contracts, improve quality, and reduce the cost of food in IDOC visiting rooms.
The current vendor could keep 50 percent of the state’s contract, and IDOC would be required to prioritize minority-owned and women-owned businesses for the other 50 percent of the contract.
The bill was introduced in the House on December 9, 2019.