Chicago Office Under Fire For No-Bid Radio Contract

Law360, New York (October 19, 2010, 5:23 PM EDT) -- Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications improperly routed a $23 million contract for a digital radio system to a vendor — reportedly Motorola Inc. — and justified the sole-source deal by pointing to earlier, similar contracts with the same vendor, according to the city's Office of the Inspector General.

“To be clear, the IGO is not suggesting that the vendor's system is not the best one for the city’s needs — the IGO did not evaluate that,” the OIG said in report issued Friday documenting...
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