(220 ILCS 70/25)
(a) If the parties cannot agree that special circumstances exist, the dispute shall be submitted to non-binding arbitration (informal arbitration). Any party proposing informal arbitration shall serve an arbitration notice detailing a description of the dispute, including, without limitation, the position and proposed resolution of the party requesting arbitration and shall name one arbitrator chosen by that party. Within 20 days after receipt of an arbitration notice, the receiving party shall serve a written notice on the other party containing (i) a detailed response to the claim giving the position and proposed resolution of the receiving party, and (ii) an acceptance of the arbitrator designated in the arbitration notice or rejection of same and suggestion of no less than 2 other alternatives (reply notice). The informal arbitration shall be decided by a single arbitrator. In the event that the parties do not agree on the selection of an arbitrator within 7 business days after service of the reply notice, either party may apply to the American Arbitration Association for the purpose of appointing an independent arbitrator. To the extent practicable, the arbitrator shall be a person with expertise in the principal areas of dispute.
(b) A conference shall be commenced by the arbitrator within 15 calendar days after the appointment of the arbitrator and a recommendation regarding the matter submitted shall be rendered within 10 business days after the conference or as soon as practicable thereafter. During the 30 calendar days following the filing of the arbitration notice, the parties will meet and confer to attempt to resolve the dispute. The decision of the arbitrator and the rationale for its decision shall be in writing and signed by the arbitrator; provided, however, that such written recommendation shall have no evidentiary value and shall not be deemed to set forth any findings of fact for purposes of any future proceedings. Except as otherwise provided in this Section, the informal arbitration shall be held in accordance with the rules and procedures of the American Arbitration Association. Each party shall bear its own expenses, including, without limitation, legal and accounting fees, and the cost of the arbitrator shall be shared equally by each party. The parties may or may not elect to abide by the decision of the arbitrator.
(c) If the parties cannot resolve their dispute based on the arbitrator's recommendation within 30 days, either party may, upon the expiration of the 30-day period, give written notice to the other party of the commencement of a binding arbitration proceeding in accordance with the Commercial Rules of Arbitration in the American Arbitration Association (formal arbitration). Any decision by the Board of Arbitration shall be final, binding, and conclusive as to the parties. Nothing provided in this Section shall prevent either party from submission of disputes to the court, limited to requests for injunctive or equitable relief in advance of a breach or threatened breach of this Agreement, if necessary to prevent serious and irreparable injury to such party or the public and if such injury cannot be appropriately addressed by informal or formal arbitration.
(d) If the dispute over special circumstances concerns only the compensation associated with a crossing, then the licensee may proceed with installation of the crossing during the pendency of the arbitration.
(Source: P.A. 96-595, eff. 8-18-09.)