Endless Vacation

Illinois Tourism’s ad account may be glamorous, but filling out the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs’ proposal request might be better described as pure drudgery.
“It’s like filling out your taxes,” a new-business executive at one agency said of the 40-page document.
Illinois agencies are welcome to apply to the $12 million “procurement opportunity,” but to advance to the next round, they’ll need to have $50 million in billings and offices in locales including Japan, Mexico and Germany.
Shops meeting these criteria only have a few more hurdles to jump before filling in their billing breakdowns, key officers and brand positioning examples.
There’s the disability status and subcontractors summary; the declaration of conflicts of interest section; and an agreement that the shop isn’t paying dues to any discriminatory clubs.
For those who suspect greased palms influence every Illinois contest, there’s a subsection on bribery.
A summary for the skim readers: no cash-stuffed envelopes.
–Jenn Goddu