(220 ILCS 70/5)
As used in this Act, unless the context otherwise
"Crossing" means the construction, operation, repair, or maintenance of a
facility over, under, or across a railroad right-of-way by a utility when the right-of-way is owned by a land management company and not a registered rail carrier.
"Direct expenses" includes, but is not limited to, any or all of the
(1) The cost of inspecting and monitoring the
(2) Administrative and engineering costs for review
of specifications and for entering a crossing on the railroad's books, maps, and property records and other reasonable administrative and engineering costs incurred as a result of the crossing.
(3) Document and preparation fees associated with a
crossing, and any engineering specifications related to the crossing.
(4) Damages assessed in connection with the rights
granted to a utility with respect to a crossing.
"Facility" means any cable, conduit, wire, pipe, casing pipe, supporting
and guys, manhole, or other material or equipment, that is used by a utility to
furnish any of the following:
(1) Communications, video, or information services.
(3) Gas by piped system.
(4) Sanitary and storm sewer service.
(5) Water by piped system.
"Land management company" means an entity that is the owner, manager, or agent of a railroad right-of-way and is not a registered rail carrier.
"Railroad right-of-way" means one or more of the following:
(1) A right-of-way or other interest in real estate
that is owned or operated by a land management company and not a registered rail carrier.
(2) Any other interest in a former railroad
right-of-way that has been acquired or is operated by a land management company or similar entity.
"Special circumstances" means either or both of the following:
(1) The characteristics of a segment of a railroad
right-of-way not found in a typical segment of a railroad right-of-way that enhance the value or increase the damages or the engineering or construction expenses for the land management company associated with a proposed crossing, or to the current or reasonably anticipated use by a land management company of the railroad right-of-way, necessitating additional terms and conditions or compensation associated with a crossing.
(2) Variances from the standard specifications
requested by the land management company.
"Special circumstances" may include, but is not limited to, the railroad right-of-way segment's relationship to other property, location in urban or other developed areas, the existence of unique topography or natural resources, or other characteristics or dangers inherent in the particular crossing or segment of the railroad right-of-way.
"Utility" shall include (1) public utilities as defined in Section 3-105 of the Public Utilities
Act, (2) telecommunications carriers as defined in Section 13-202 of the Public Utilities Act, (3) electric cooperatives as defined in Section 3.4 of the Electric Supplier Act, (4) telephone or telecommunications cooperatives as defined in Section 13-212 of the Public Utilities Act, (5) rural water or waste water systems with 10,000 connections or less, (6) a holder as defined in Section 21-201 of the Public Utilities Act, and (7) municipalities owning or operating utility systems consisting of public utilities as that term is defined in Section 11-117-2 of the Illinois Municipal Code.
(Source: P.A. 96-595, eff. 8-18-09.)