Illinois Commerce Commission

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Illinois Commerce Commission
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $122,364,500
Total Seats:  5
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   Serves at the governor's pleasure
Leadership:  Doug Scott
Selection Method:  Appointed by the governor
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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.[1]

Current officeholder

The current chairman of the commission is Doug Scott. He was appointed March 3, 2011. Scott serves alongside Sherina Maye (appointed February 25, 2013), Miguel del Valle (appointed February 8, 2013), Ann McCabe (appointed March 16, 2012), and John Colgan (appointed November 15, 2009).[2]

Authority

The Illinois Commerce Commissions's powers, term of office, etc. are derived from Chapter 220.5, Article II of the Illinois Compiled Statues.

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...

Qualifications

Chapter 220.5, Article II of the Illinois Compiled Statues 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.

Appointments

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.[3]

Vacancies

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.[4]

Duties

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.[1]

Click here to view a larger-scale image of the Illinois Commerce Commission Organizational Chart as of May 17, 2012.

Divisions

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."[5]


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.[5]


State budget

The Illinois Commerce Commission's budget for the 2012 fiscal year was $122,364,500.[6]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2012

In 2012, the Illinois Commerce Commissioners were paid an estimated $100,860. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

2010

In 2010, Illinois Commerce Commissioners were paid an estimated $110,772 according to the Council of State Governments.[7]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Office - Springfield
Phone: (217) 782-7907
Fax:(217) 782-1042


Office - Chicago
Phone: (312) 814-2859
TTY: (312) 814-5845
Fax: (312) 814-1818

See also

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