The Illinois Commerce Commission
is a state executive position in the Illinois state government. Each commissioner is appointed by the governor
and confirmed by the Illinois State Senate
for a five-year term. Under Illinois
law, no more than three commissioners may belong to the same political party.
The current chairman of the commission is Doug Scott, a Democrat first appointed March 3, 2011 and reappointed in 2014 to a second term ending January 21, 2019. Scott serves alongside Sherina Maye (Independent, appointed February 25, 2013), Miguel del Valle (Democrat, appointed February 8, 2013), Ann McCabe (Republican, appointed March 16, 2012) and John Colgan (Democrat, appointed November 15, 2009).
The Illinois Commerce Commission's powers, term of office, etc. are derived from Chapter 220.5, Article II of the Illinois Compiled Statutes.
Article II, Section 2-101:
| There is created an Illinois Commerce Commission consisting of 5 members not more than 3 of whom shall be members of the same political party at the time of appointment...
Chapter 220.5, Article II of the Illinois Compiled Statutes establishes the qualifications of the office:
Article II, Section 2-102:
- (a) Each commissioner and each person appointed to office by the Commission shall before entering upon the duties of his office take and subscribe the constitutional oath of office.
- Before entering upon the duties of his office each commissioner shall give bond, with security to be approved by the Governor, in the sum of $20,000, conditioned for the faithful performance of his duty as such commissioner. Every person appointed or employed by the Commission, may, in the discretion of the Commission, before entering upon the duties of his office, be required to give bond for the faithful discharge of his duties, in such sum as the Commission may designate, which bond shall be approved by the Commission. All bonds required to be filed pursuant to this section shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State.
- (b) No person in the employ of or holding any official relation to any corporation or person subject in whole or in part to regulation by the Commission, and no person holding stock or bonds in any such corporation, or who is in any other manner pecuniarily interested therein, directly or indirectly, shall be appointed to or hold the office of commissioner or be appointed or employed by the Commission; and if any such person shall voluntarily become so interested his office or employment shall ipso facto become vacant. If any person become so interested otherwise than voluntarily he shall within a reasonable time divest himself of such interest, and if he fails to do so his office or employment shall become vacant.
- No commissioner or person appointed or employed by the Commission shall solicit or accept any gift, gratuity, emolument or employment from any person or corporation subject to the supervision of the Commission, or from any officer, agent or employee thereof; nor solicit, request from or recommend, directly or indirectly, to any such person or corporation, or to any officer, agent or employee thereof the appointment of any person to any place or position. Every such corporation and person, and every officer, agent or employee thereof, is hereby forbidden to offer to any commissioner or to any person appointed or employed by the Commission any gift, gratuity, emolument or employment. If any commissioner or any person appointed or employed by the Commission shall violate any provisions of this paragraph he shall be removed from the office or employment held by him. Every person violating the provisions of this paragraph shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
- (c) Each commissioner shall devote his entire time to the duties of his office, and shall hold no other office or position of profit, or engage in any other business, employment or vocation.
- takes constitutional oath of office.
- give a bond of $20,000.
- cannot be employed by or have holdings in any corporation subject to regulation by the Illinois Commerce Commission.
- cannot accept gifts, gratuity, emolument or employment.
- must work full-time as a commissioner.
- cannot hold any other office or employment.
Illinois state government organizational chart
The Governor of Illinois appoints commerce commissioners with the advice and consent of the Illinois State Senate. The governor also assigns a chairperson of the commission from among the appointed commissioners.
Commissioners are appointed to five year terms. A commissioner serves until his or her successor is appointed and qualified. If the senate refuses to consent to the appointment of any member, then the office becomes vacant and the present officeholder must vacate the office with in two weeks.
Vacancies are usually dealt with by the appointment process outlined above. However, if a vacancy occurs during the senate recess, the governor makes a temporary appointment. This appointment lasts until the senate's next meeting. Then, the governor nominates someone to fill the vacated office for the remainder of the term.
The mission of the ICC is to pursue an appropriate balance between the interest of consumers and existing and emerging service providers to ensure the provision of adequate, efficient, reliable, safe and least-cost public utility services.
to view a larger-scale image of the Illinois Commerce Commission Organizational Chart as of May 17, 2012.
Office of Retail Market Development
- This division "works with electric utilities, alternative retail electric suppliers, relevant governmental agencies and consumer groups to promote retail electric competition and to educate residential and small business customers about electric choice programs throughout the state."
|Contact Office of Retail Market Development|| |
|Phone: 217-782-3618 |
Bureau of External Affairs
- The Bureau of External Affairs has three subdivisions:
- The Office of Governmental Affairs (OGA) is the liaison between the Commerce Commission and the Illinois General Assembly and the U.S. legislative and executive offices in Washington. It also responds to legislative constituent inquiries.
- The Office of Public Affairs (OPA) works with the media to provide information about the commissions actions. It also provides news releases, advisories, monthly newsletters and annual reports. It is also responsible for the public forums on utility rate cases and other issues.
- The Consumer Services Division (CSD) responds to customer inquiries. It also investigates complaints against public utilities companies.
|Contact Bureau of External Affairs|| |
|Fax (Springfield): 217-785-7413 |
|OGA Phone: 217-785-2449 |
|OPA Phone:217-782-5793 |
|CSD Inquires and Compliants: 800-524-0795 |
|CSD TTY: 800-858-9277 |
Bureau of Transportation
|Contact Bureau of Transportation, Chief's Office|| |
|Phone: 217-782-6447 |
Office of General Counsel
- This office represents the Commission in matters before the Administrative Law Judges and defends Commission decisions on appeal in state and federal courts. It also advocates for the Commission's positions before the federal regulatory agencies.
|Contact Office of General Counsel|| |
|Springfield Phone: 217-785-8439 |
|Chicago Phone: 312-793-2877 |
|Springfield Fax: 217-524-8928 |
|Chicago Fax: 312-793-1556|
Bureau of Public Utilities
- This bureau has three subdivisions:
- Financial Analysis Division
- This division reviews and analyzes, "energy, water, sewer, and telecommunications financial issues; various public utilities' requests such as proposed affiliated transactions and mergers; and public utilities' rates and tariff filings."
|Contact Financial Analysis Division|| |
|Phone: 217-785-8596 |
- Policy Division
- This division aids the Commission in policy issues relating to telecommunications issues. It also provides general economic policy research on state and regional energy issues.
- Safety and Reliablitily Division
|Contact Safety and Reliability Division|| |
|Energy Engineering: 217-785-5424 |
|JULIE Enforcement: 217-782-5911 |
|9-1-1 Program: 217-782-4911 |
|Pipeline Safety: 217-785-1165 |
|Reliability Assessment: 217-524-0337 |
|Telecommunications Engineering: 217-524-5072 |
|Water Engineering: 217-524-5017|
Administrative Law Judge
- The Administrative Law Judges Division (ALJ) presides over the hearing process in public utility dockets before the Commission.
|Contact Administrative Law Judge|| |
|Springfield Phone: 217-782-4854 |
|Chicago Phone: 312-814-6652 |
|Springfield Fax: 217-524-8928 |
|Chicago Fax: 312-814-7289 |
Bureau of Planning and Operations
- This bureau is made up of three subdivisions:
- Records Managment maintains all Commission records relating to public utilties.
|Contact Records Management|| |
|Springfield Phone: (217) 782-7434 |
|Chicago Phone: (312) 814-6658 |
|TTY: 312-814-5845 |
|Springfield Fax: 217-524-0673 |
|Chicago Fax: 312-814-1818|
- Administrative Services Division "provides support services, facility, budget, and financial management including comprehensive responsibility for the agency's computer systems, hardware, software, and training. Additionally, ASD audits travel expenses, processes public utility taxes and oversees purchasing and inventory control."
|Contact Administrative Services Division|| |
|Phone: 217-524-7726 |
- Information Technology
|Contact Information Technology|| |
|Phone: 217-782-7529 |
The Illinois Commerce Commission's budget for the 2012 fiscal year was $122,364,500.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
In 2013, the Illinois Commerce Commissioners were paid $117,043, while the chair received a salary of $134,022.
In 2012, the Illinois Commerce Commissioners were paid an estimated $100,860. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.
In 2010, Illinois Commerce Commissioners were paid an estimated $110,772 according to the Council of State Governments.
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Illinois Commerce Commission, "About" accessed December 20, 2012
- ↑ Illinois Commerce Commission, "Chairman and Commissioners," accessed July 8, 2013
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 "Commerce Commission, Illinois," accessed January 21, 2014
- ↑ Illinois Compiled Statutes, "Public Utilities Act," accessed July 29, 2013
- ↑ Illinois Compiled Statutes, "Public Utilities Act," accessed July 29, 2013
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Illinois Commerce Commission, "Offices and Bureaus," accessed July 29, 2013
- ↑ State of Illinois, "Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Fact Sheet," 30, accessed June 26, 2013
- ↑ The Council of State Governments, "The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," accessed September 5, 2012