(220 ILCS 40/2)
(from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 1202)
Statement and Purpose.
The General Assembly recognizes the
importance of the small business owner to the statewide economy. The
General Assembly further recognizes that an environment which encourages
the development of small business in Illinois would necessarily also
improve the economic well being of this entire State.
The high cost of utility service acts as a retardant on general
economic growth and the operation of the small business owner in particular,
and has a direct effect upon the success of a small business. Small
business owners are either unrepresented or underrepresented before the
Illinois Commerce Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the courts and other public bodies.
The General Assembly, therefore, finds and states that the purpose of this
Act is to promote the health, welfare and prosperity of the people of
Illinois and the small business community by ensuring
effective and active representation before the aforementioned regulatory
bodies and by fostering the education of the small business owner on the
benefits and methods of energy conservation.
(Source: P.A. 84-686.)