Illinois Tourism Account in Play

CHICAGO The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has contracted Pile & Co. to handle a review for its advertising and public relations accounts.

The advertising portion of the $12 million account is currently at BBDO in Chicago. The public relations account is held by Edelman, Chicago. Both contracts expire on Dec. 31.

Requests for proposals are available on the state’s procurement Web site,
Requirements include having an office in Illinois with at least 50 employees and an international network capable of working in the United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico and Canada.

Proposal requests are due back on Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. Central time. Contenders will be determined on Oct. 2, and a cut to finalists is expected on Oct. 29. Final presentations are scheduled for Dec. 4-5.

It was unknown if BBDO would defend tbe business. The shop won the account in February 2000, and its work has been tagged, “Right here. Right now.”