Illinois Commerce Commission
(Appropriated Spending in Thousands)
|Public Utility Program
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The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) regulates investor-owned telecommunications, electricity, natural gas, and water and sewer utilities and competitive providers. In addition, the Commission also regulates and oversees household movers, certain relocation towing companies, public warehouses, collateral recovery companies, the enforcement of certain trucking insurance coverage laws, railroad grade crossing standards, rail movement of hazardous materials, and gas pipeline safety.
Public Utility Program
"The health, welfare and prosperity of all Illinois citizens require the provision of adequate, efficient, reliable, environmentally safe and least-cost public utility services at prices which accurately reflect the long-term cost of such services and which are equitable to all citizens," -- [from the Illinois Public Utilities Act]
The Commission oversees the provision of adequate, reliable, efficient, and safe utility services at the least possible cost to Illinois citizens. Traditionally, the Commission has evaluated utility companies' tariff proposals and rate requests in formal cases. For the past few years and in the next several years, the ICC focus has been and will continue to be on issues related to the competitive provision of utility services. While the energy and telecommunications industries are rapidly moving to a more competitive marketplace, the Commission must facilitate these changes. Examples of responsibilities that continue for the foreseeable future are: gas pipeline safety activities, 9-1-1 oversight, issuance of certificates of convenience and necessity, consumer complaint issues, evaluation of tariff changes and rate increase requests, and facility-siting issues.
The Commission has varied responsibilities with regard to transportation industries, regulating railroads, intrastate household goods carriers, certain relocation towers, public warehouses, and collateral recovery companies, and inspects registered rail carriers' track, grade crossing signal systems, operating practices, and railroad regulations. The Commission, through the Grade Crossing Protection Fund, also helps local communities and railroads improve safety at public highway-rail crossings. The ICC has been able to improve its proactive approach to grade crossing safety improvements through the implementation of a grade crossing signal system inspection program and, in a cooperative effort with the Illinois Department of Transportation, development of a centralized database to track and monitor information related to Illinois highway-rail crossings.