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UTILITIES
(220 ILCS 10/) Citizens Utility Board Act.

220 ILCS 10/1

    (220 ILCS 10/1) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 901)
    Sec. 1. Title. This Act may be cited as the Citizens Utility Board Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-1475.)

220 ILCS 10/2

    (220 ILCS 10/2) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 902)
    Sec. 2. Purpose. The purpose of this Act is to promote the health, welfare and prosperity of all the citizens of this State by ensuring effective and democratic representation of utility consumers before the Illinois Commerce Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the courts, and other public bodies and by providing for consumer education on utility service prices and on benefits and methods of energy conservation. Such purpose shall be deemed a statewide interest and not a private or special concern.
(Source: P.A. 83-945.)

220 ILCS 10/3

    (220 ILCS 10/3) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 903)
    Sec. 3. Definitions. As used in this Act: (1) "Board" means the board of directors of the corporation.
    (2) "Campaign contribution" means a gift, subscription, loan, advance or deposit of money or anything of value, made for the purpose of electing a candidate to the board; or a contract, a promise or agreement, express or implied, whether or not legally enforceable, to make any campaign contribution; but does not include the value of services provided without compensation by individuals who volunteer a portion or all of their time on behalf of a candidate or political committee, or the use of real or personal property and the cost of invitations, food and beverages, voluntarily provided by an individual to a candidate in rendering voluntary personal services on the individual's residential premises for candidate-related activities if the cumulative value of the activities to the individual on behalf of any candidate does not exceed $100 for any election.
    (3) "Campaign expenditures" means a purchase, payment distribution, loan, advance, deposit or gift of money or anything of value, made for the purpose of electing a candidate to the board; or a contract, promise, or agreement, express or implied, whether or not legally enforceable, to make any campaign expenditure; but does not include the use of real or personal property and the cost of invitations, food and beverages, voluntarily provided by an individual to a candidate in rendering voluntary personal services on the individual's residential premises for candidate-related activities if the cumulative value of the activities by the individual on behalf of any candidate does not exceed $100 for any election.
    (4) "Class A utility" means any gas, electric or water public utility with annual total gross operating revenues of $2.5 million or more or any telephone public utility with annual total gross operating revenues of $1,600,000 or more on the effective date of this Act.
    (5) "Corporation" means the citizens utility board.
    (6) "Director" means any member of the board.
    (7) "District" means a corporation district, the boundaries of which are congruent with the boundaries of the Congressional districts in the State.
    (8) "Immediate family" of a person means the person's spouse and legal dependents.
    (9) "Member" means any person who satisfies the requirements for membership under Section 4.
    (10) "Periodic customer billing" means a demand for payment for utility services by a public utility to a residential utility consumer on a monthly or other regular basis.
    (11) "Political committee" means any committee, club, association or other group of persons which make campaign expenditures or receive campaign contributions during the year before an election of the board.
    (12) "Public utility" means any person who owns, operates, manages or controls any plant or equipment or any part of a plant or equipment, within the State, for the conveyance of telephone messages or for the production, transmission, delivery or furnishing of heat, light, water or power either directly or indirectly to or for the public. "Public utility" includes any person engaged in the transmission or delivery of natural gas for compensation within this State by means of pipes or mains. "Public utility" does not include a cooperative association organized for the purpose of furnishing telephone service to its members only. "Public utility" does not include electric cooperatives as defined in Section 3-119 of the Public Utilities Act. However, "public utility" does not include either public utilities that are owned and operated by a political subdivision, public institution of higher education or municipal corporation of this State or public utilities that are owned by such political subdivision, public institution of higher education, or municipal corporation and operated by any of its lessees or operating agents.
    (13) "Utility consumer" means any individual or entity, which is not governmental or a public utility, which is located in this State and which is furnished with a utility service by a public utility.
    (14) "Utility service" means electricity, natural gas, water and telephone service supplied by a public utility.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

220 ILCS 10/4

    (220 ILCS 10/4) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 904)
    Sec. 4. Citizens utility board: formation and membership. (1) There is created a nonprofit public body corporate and politic to be known as the "Citizens Utility Board". Any utility consumer who has submitted a membership form and has contributed membership dues to the corporation in the preceding 12 months shall be a member of the corporation. A member may resign from membership at any time.
    (2) The board shall, upon certification of their nominations pursuant to subsection (2) of Section 12 and request by the candidate, within 5 days provide to each candidate for election to the board a current list of members residing in the candidate's district. Such list shall include the names and current addresses of members within such district, and may be used by the candidate only for election purposes.
    (3) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act or any other provisions of law, if the corporation does not receive contributions from at least 10,000 citizens of this State within 3 years of the effective date of this Act, the corporation shall be dissolved.
(Source: P.A. 86-101.)

220 ILCS 10/5

    (220 ILCS 10/5) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 905)
    Sec. 5. Powers and duties.
    (1) The corporation shall:
        (a) Represent and protect the interests of the
    
residential utility consumers of this State. All actions by the corporation under this Act shall be directed toward such duty; provided that the corporation may also give due consideration to the interests of business in the State.
        (b) Inform, in so far as possible, all utility
    
consumers about the corporation, including the procedure for obtaining membership in the corporation.
    (2) The corporation shall have all the powers necessary or convenient for the effective representation and protection of the interest of utility consumers and to implement this Act, including the following powers in addition to all other powers granted by this Act.
        (a) To make, amend and repeal bylaws and rules for
    
the regulation of its affairs and the conduct of its business; to adopt an official seal and alter it at pleasure; to maintain an office; to sue and be sued in its own name, plead and be impleaded; and to make and execute contracts and other instruments necessary or convenient to the exercise of the powers of the corporation.
        (b) To employ such agents, employees and special
    
advisors as it finds necessary and to fix their compensation.
        (c) To solicit and accept gifts, loans, including
    
loans made by the Illinois Commerce Commission from funds appropriated for that purpose by law, or other aid in order to support activities concerning the interests of utility consumers. Except as provided in Section 5.1, the corporation may not accept gifts, loans or other aid from any public utility or from any director, employee or agent or member of the immediate family of a director, employee or agent of any public utility and, after the first election the corporation, may not accept from any individual, private corporation, association or partnership in any single year a total of more than $1,000 in gifts. Under this paragraph, "aid" does not mean payment of membership dues.
        (d) To intervene as a party or otherwise participate
    
on behalf of utility consumers in any proceeding which affects the interest of utility consumers.
        (e) To represent the interests of utility consumers
    
before the Illinois Commerce Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the courts, and other public bodies, except that no director, employee or agent of the corporation may engage in lobbying without first complying with any applicable statute, administrative rule or other regulation relating to lobbying.
        (f) To establish annual dues which shall be set at a
    
level that provides sufficient funding for the corporation to effectively perform its powers and duties, and is affordable for as many utility consumers as is possible.
        (g) To implement solicitation for corporation funding
    
and membership.
        (h) To seek tax exempt status under State and federal
    
law, including 501(c)(3) status under the United States Internal Revenue Code.
        (i) To provide information and advice to utility
    
consumers on any matter with respect to utility service, including but not limited to information and advice on benefits and methods of energy conservation.
    (3) The powers, duties, rights and privileges conferred or imposed upon the corporation by this Act may not be transferred.
    (4) The corporation shall refrain from interfering with collective bargaining rights of any employees of a public utility.
(Source: P.A. 91-50, eff. 6-30-99.)

220 ILCS 10/5.1

    (220 ILCS 10/5.1)
    Sec. 5.1. Contributions. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in Section 5 of this Act, the corporation shall have the authority to solicit and accept contributions made pursuant to Section 16-111.1 of the Public Utilities Act.
(Source: P.A. 91-50, eff. 6-30-99.)

220 ILCS 10/6

    (220 ILCS 10/6) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 906)
    Sec. 6. Board. The corporation shall be managed by, and its powers, functions and duties shall be exercised through a board to be composed as follows:
    (1) Election and Terms of Directors. The Citizens Utility Board Districts shall be divided into two groups for the purpose of establishing terms for which the Directors shall be elected in each group. One group shall be comprised of the even numbered Congressional Districts. The odd numbered Congressional Districts shall comprise the other group.
    (a) The Interim Board, within 60 days after their appointment, shall meet and publicly by lot determine which group shall be the first group and which group shall be the second. The board members or their successors from the first group shall be elected for successive terms of two years, two years and four years; and members or their successors from the second group shall be elected for successive terms of four years, two years and two years.
    (b) The first election of directors of the board is to be held no later than April 30, 1985. Subsequent elections of directors of the board shall be held on March 31 of each election year. If March 31 falls on a weekend or holiday, the election shall occur on the next business day following March 31.
    (c) Interim and elected board members shall serve until their successors are elected and have qualified.
    (d) In the year following each decennial census and within 45 days after the redistricted Congressional Districts are enacted, the board shall allocate terms between the 2 groups of districts publicly by lot as provided in paragraph (a). Board members or their successors from the first group shall be elected for successive terms of two years, four years and four years; and members or their successors from the second group shall be elected for successive terms of four years, four years, and two years.
    (2) Qualifications. A director shall be a resident of the district he or she represents and member of the corporation. No person who is an employee in any managerial or supervisory capacity, director, officer or agent or who is a member of the immediate family of any such employee, director, officer or agent of any public utility is eligible to be a director. No director may hold any elective position, be a candidate for any elective position, be a State public official, be employed by the Illinois Commerce Commission, or be employed in a governmental position exempt from the Personnel Code.
    (3) Director, Family Member Employment. No director, nor member of his or her immediate family shall, either directly or indirectly, be employed for compensation as a staff member or consultant of the corporation.
    (4) Meetings. The board shall hold regular meetings at least once every 3 months on such dates and at such places as it may determine. Special meetings may be called by the president or by a majority of the directors upon at least 7 days' advance written notice. Unless otherwise provided in the bylaws, a majority of the board of directors shall constitute a quorum; provided, that in no event shall a quorum consist of less than one-third of the board of directors. The act of the majority of the directors, present at a meeting at which a quorum is present, shall be the act of the board of directors unless the act of a greater number is required by this Act or bylaws. A summary of the minutes of every board meeting shall be made available to each public library in the State upon request and to individuals upon request.
    (5) Expenses. A director may not receive any compensation for his or her services but shall be reimbursed for necessary expenses, including travel expenses incurred in the discharge of duties. The board shall establish standard allowances for mileage, room and meals and the purposes for which such allowances may be made and shall determine the reasonableness and necessity for such reimbursements. The board shall include the schedule of such standard allowances in the annual report under subsection (4) (d) of Section 7.
    (6) Bonding. Directors and employees eligible to disburse funds shall be bonded. The costs of such bonds shall be paid by the corporation.
(Source: P.A. 84-1093.)

220 ILCS 10/7

    (220 ILCS 10/7) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 907)
    Sec. 7. Duties of directors. The board shall have the following duties:
    (1) To establish the policy of the corporation regarding appearances before regulatory agencies, legislative bodies and other public authorities, and regarding other activities which the corporation has the authority to perform under this Act.
    (2) To employ an executive director who shall have the following powers and duties, subject at all times to the direction and supervision of the board:
    (a) To implement the policy established by the board under subsection (1).
    (b) To employ and discharge employees of the corporation.
    (c) To supervise the offices, facilities and work of the employees of the corporation.
    (d) To have custody of and maintain the books, records and membership rolls of the corporation under this Act.
    (e) To prepare and submit to the board annual and quarterly statements of the financial and substantive operations of the corporation, and financial estimates for the future operations of the corporation.
    (f) To attend and participate in meetings of the board, but without a vote.
    (g) To file annually with the board a current financial statement which includes the information required under subsection (3) of Section 12.
    (h) To exercise such other powers and perform such other duties as the board delegates.
    (3) To hold an annual meeting of the membership on a date and at a place within the State to be determined by the board under Section 8.
    (4) To assure preparation of:
    (a) Up-to-date membership rolls.
    (b) Quarterly statements of the financial and substantive operations of the corporation.
    (c) An audit of the corporation's books at least once each fiscal year. The audit shall be by a certified public accountant.
    (d) An annual report of the corporation's financial and substantive operations. The corporation shall prepare the report at the close of the corporation's fiscal year and shall make the report available to each of its members, as well as to members of the news media who request it. It shall also make the report available to each library in the State that requests it, and to individuals upon request.
    (5) To establish and make available to the public a written policy on the availability and distribution of all records required to be kept by the corporation under this Act.
    (6) To prepare membership applications and distribute such applications in sufficient amounts or in machine copyable form to every library system, as defined in Section 2 of The Illinois Library System Act, so as to allow such library systems to distribute the applications to all of the public libraries throughout the State, wherefrom utility consumers may obtain the applications to submit to the corporation, with annual dues, for membership.
    (7) To prepare nominating petitions and distribute such petitions in sufficient amounts or in machine copyable form to every library system, as defined in Section 2 of The Illinois Library System Act, so as to allow such library systems to distribute the petitions to all of the public libraries throughout the State, wherefrom members of the corporation may obtain the petitions to circulate when running for nomination for a director.
    (8) To provide all candidates for election to the board with a current list of members residing in the candidate's district upon certification of nomination pursuant to subsection (2) of Section 12 and within 5 days of a request by the candidate.
    (9) To carry out all other duties and responsibilities imposed upon the corporation and the board under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-101.)

220 ILCS 10/7.1

    (220 ILCS 10/7.1) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 907.1)
    Sec. 7.1. Director statement of financial interest. Every director shall file annually with the board a current financial statement which includes the information required under subsection (3) of Section 12.
(Source: P.A. 86-1028.)

220 ILCS 10/7.2

    (220 ILCS 10/7.2) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 907.2)
    Sec. 7.2. Executive director: qualifications; appointment.
    (1) The executive director hired by the board under Section 7 shall have the same qualifications as a director under Section 12, except that the executive director need not be a resident of this State nor a member of the corporation. The executive director may not be a candidate for director while serving as executive director.
    (2) To hire the executive director under Section 7, the board shall adhere to any applicable State or federal law prohibiting discrimination in employment.
    (3) The board shall require all applicants for the position of executive director of the corporation to file a financial statement which includes the information required under subsection (4) of Section 12. The board shall require the executive director to file a current statement annually.
(Source: P.A. 83-945.)

220 ILCS 10/8

    (220 ILCS 10/8) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 908)
    Sec. 8. Annual membership meeting. All members shall be eligible to attend, participate in and vote in the annual membership meeting called by the board under subsection (3) of Section 7. The meeting shall be open to the public and shall be held in different districts on a rotating basis. Each year a meeting shall be held in each board district for the members of such district. Such members shall receive notice of that meeting at least 14 days in advance.
(Source: P.A. 83-945.)

220 ILCS 10/9

    (220 ILCS 10/9) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 909)
    Sec. 9. Mailing procedure.
    (1) As used in this Section:
        (a) "Enclosure" means a card, leaflet, envelope or
    
combination thereof furnished by the corporation under this Section.
        (b) "Mailing" means any communication by a State
    
agency, other than a mailing made under the Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities Property Tax Relief Act, that is sent through the United States Postal Service to more than 50,000 persons within a 12-month period.
        (c) "State agency" means any officer, department,
    
board, commission, institution or entity of the executive or legislative branches of State government.
    (2) To accomplish its powers and duties under Section 5 this Act, the corporation, subject to the following limitations, may prepare and furnish to any State agency an enclosure to be included with a mailing by that agency.
        (a) A State agency furnished with an enclosure shall
    
include the enclosure within the mailing designated by the corporation.
        (b) An enclosure furnished by the corporation under
    
this Section shall be provided to the State agency a reasonable period of time in advance of the mailing.
        (c) An enclosure furnished by the corporation under
    
this Section shall be limited to informing the reader of the purpose, nature and activities of the corporation as set forth in this Act and informing the reader that it may become a member in the corporation, maintain membership in the corporation and contribute money to the corporation directly.
        (d) Prior to furnishing an enclosure to the State
    
agency, the corporation shall seek and obtain approval of the content of the enclosure from the Illinois Commerce Commission. The Commission shall approve the enclosure if it determines that the enclosure (i) is not false or misleading and (ii) satisfies the requirements of this Act. The Commission shall be deemed to have approved the enclosure unless it disapproves the enclosure within 14 days from the date of receipt.
    (3) The corporation shall reimburse each State agency for all reasonable incremental costs incurred by the State agency in complying with this Section above the agency's normal mailing and handling costs, provided that:
        (a) The State agency shall first furnish the
    
corporation with an itemized accounting of such additional cost; and
        (b) The corporation shall not be required to
    
reimburse the State agency for postage costs if the weight of the corporation's enclosure does not exceed .35 ounce avoirdupois. If the corporation's enclosure exceeds that weight, then it shall only be required to reimburse the State agency for postage cost over and above what the agency's postage cost would have been had the enclosure weighed only .35 ounce avoirdupois.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)

220 ILCS 10/10

    (220 ILCS 10/10) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 910)
    Sec. 10. Prohibited Acts. (1) No person may interfere or threaten to interfere with or cause any interference with utility service or with the utility service of or penalize any person who contributes to the corporation or participates in any of its activities, in retribution for such contribution or participation.
    (2) No person may act with intent to prevent, interfere with or hinder the activities permitted under this Act.
    (3) A person who violates this Section may be fined not more than $1,000. Each such violation shall constitute a separate and continuing violation of this Act. A person who knowingly and wilfully violates this Section may be imprisoned not more than 6 months.
(Source: P.A. 83-945.)

220 ILCS 10/11

    (220 ILCS 10/11) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 911)
    Sec. 11. Appointment of Interim Board of Directors. (1) Within 90 days after the effective date of this Act, an interim board of directors shall be appointed. The Board shall consist of 11 members. The Governor shall appoint 3 members. The President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, the Minority Leader of the Senate and the Minority Leader of the House shall each appoint 2 members. The appointees shall reflect the geographical diversity of this State and shall include representation from minority groups, low-income persons, labor organizations, business, women and senior citizens. No interim director appointed under this Section may hold an elective position, be a candidate for any elective position, or be a State public official.
    (2) The interim board appointed under this Section shall:
    (a) As soon as possible after appointment, organize for the transaction of business.
    (b) Inform the utility consumers of this State of the existence, nature and purposes of the corporation, and encourage utility consumers to join the corporation, to participate in the corporation's activities and to contribute to the corporation.
    (c) Establish annual dues to be in effect until such time as an elected board assumes the duty as provided in paragraph (2) (f) of Section 5.
    (d) Elect officers as provided under Section 12.
    (e) Employ such staff as the interim directors deem necessary to carry out the purposes of this Section. The interim board appointed under this Section shall follow the procedures required under Section 7.2 if it hires an executive director of the corporation.
    (f) Make all necessary preparations for the first election of directors, oversee the election campaign and tally the votes under Section 12.
    (g) Solicit funds for the corporation.
    (h) Carry out all other duties and exercise all other powers accorded to the board under this Act including the powers given to the corporation under Section 9.
(Source: P.A. 83-945.)

220 ILCS 10/12

    (220 ILCS 10/12) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 912)
    Sec. 12. (1) Eligibility. To be eligible for election to the board, a candidate must:
    (a) Meet the qualifications for directors under subsection (2) of Section 6.
    (b) Have his or her nomination certified by the board under subsection (2) of this Section.
    (c) Submit to the board a statement of financial interests under subsection (3) and a statement of personal background and positions under subsection (4).
    (d) Make the affirmation under subsection (3) (e).
    (2) Nomination. A candidate for election to the board shall circulate or have a member of the corporation circulate a petition for nomination on the candidate's behalf not sooner than 120 days preceding the election and shall file the petition with the corporation not later than 60 days prior to the election. The petition for nomination shall be signed by at least 5% or 30, whichever is less, of the members residing in his or her district. The board shall verify the validity of the signatures by comparing them to the signatures on the membership applications and the current list of members maintained by the Board. Within 14 days after the petition is due, the board shall determine whether a sufficient number of signatures are valid. If the board determines a sufficient number are valid, it shall certify the nomination of the candidate.
    (3) Statement of financial interests. A candidate for election to the board whose nomination is certified under subsection (2) shall submit to the board, not later than 60 days prior to the election, a statement of financial interests upon a form provided by the board. The statement of financial interests shall include the following information:
    (a) The occupation, employer and position at place of employment of the candidate and of his or her immediate family members.
    (b) A list of all corporate directorships or other offices, and of all fiduciary relationships, held in the past 3 years by the candidate and by his or her immediate family members.
    (c) The name of any creditor to whom the candidate or a member of the candidate's immediate family owes $10,000 or more.
    (d) The name of any corporation in which the candidate holds a security, the current market value of which is $5,000 or more.
    (e) An affirmation, subject to penalty of perjury, that the information contained in the statement of financial interests is true and complete.
    (4) Statement of personal background and positions. A candidate for election to the board whose nomination is certified under subsection (2) shall submit to the board, not later than 60 days prior to the election, on a form to be provided by the board, a statement concerning his or her personal background and positions on issues relating to public utilities or the operations of the corporation. The statement shall contain an affirmation, subject to penalty of perjury, that the candidate meets the qualifications prescribed for directors in subsection (2) of Section 6.
    (5) Restrictions on a reporting of campaign contributions and expenditures. (a) No candidate may accept more than $200 in campaign contributions from any person or political committee from one year before the date of an election through the date of the election.
    (b) Each candidate for election to the board shall keep complete records of all contributions to his or her campaign of $25 of more from one year before the date of an election through the date of the election, and, at the board's request, shall make such records available for inspection by the board.
    (c) As a condition for receiving the benefits of the board's mailing under subsection (6), a candidate for election to the board shall agree in writing to incur no more than $2,500 in campaign expenditures from the time he or she commences circulation of petitions for nomination or from 4 months prior to the election, whichever is earlier, through the date of the election.
    (d) Each candidate for election to the board shall keep complete records of his or her campaign expenditures, and, at the board's request, shall make such records available for inspection by the board.
    (e) No earlier than 14 days and no later than 8 days preceding the election and no earlier than 21 days and no later than 30 days after the election, each candidate for election to the board shall submit to the board, on a form provided by the board, an accurate statement of his or her campaign contributions, swearing that he or she has fully complied with the requirements of this subsection.
    (f) No candidate for election to the board may use any campaign contribution for any purpose except for campaign expenditures. Any campaign contribution not expended shall be donated no later than 90 days after the election to the corporation or to any charitable organization at the option of the candidate.
    (6) Election procedures. (a) The board shall mail or distribute to each member's address on file with the corporation, not sooner than 30 and not later than 10 days before the date fixed for the election:
    (i) An official ballot listing all candidates for director from the member's district whose nominations the board has certified and who satisfy the requirements of subsection (1). The board shall include with the ballot each candidate's statement of financial interests submitted under subsection (3).
    (ii) The statement by each candidate for election to the board of personal background and positions as required under subsection (4), if the candidate has agreed in writing to limit his or her campaign expenditures under subsection (5) (c).
    (b) Each member may vote in the election by returning his or her official ballot in person or by first class mail, properly marked, to the ballot return location designated by the corporation. Ballots returned to the location designated by the corporation must be postmarked on or before the date fixed for the election or must be received at the ballot return location designated by the corporation on or before the date fixed for the election.
    (c) Voting shall be by secret ballot.
    (d) The board shall tally votes with all reasonable speed and shall inform the membership promptly of the names of the candidates elected.
    (e) For each district the board within 30 days of the election shall certify the candidate elected to the board if the candidate has the most votes in the district and if he or she has complied with this Section.
    (f) If a vacancy in nomination occurs because no candidate has filed for nomination, the board by a majority of those voting shall appoint a member of the corporation who resides in the district where the vacancy exists to be the candidate.
    (g) If the candidate with the most votes dies, declines or resigns from candidacy prior to being certified under paragraph (e), or for any other reason is not certified under paragraph (e), the office for which the candidate ran shall be vacant and shall be filled by the board as provided herein.
    (h) If a vacancy on the Board occurs, with more than 12 months remaining in the term, the Board shall set a date for a special election for the district for the purpose of electing a director to serve out the term of the vacant office and shall so notify every member in the district. The election may not be less than 2 months nor more than 4 months after such notification. An election under this Section shall be conducted in the same manner as other elections of directors are conducted. The seat shall remain vacant if there is 8 months or less remaining in the term.
    (7) Election rules. The board may prescribe rules for the conduct of elections and election campaigns not inconsistent with this Act.
(Source: P.A. 84-1093.)

220 ILCS 10/13

    (220 ILCS 10/13) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 913)
    Sec. 13. Public records. Statements filed with the corporation shall be available for public inspection at the office of the corporation during reasonable hours of the day. Such records may be copied. The corporation may charge a reasonable fee for the cost of such copies.
(Source: P.A. 83-945.)

220 ILCS 10/14

    (220 ILCS 10/14) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 914)
    Sec. 14. Board officers. (1) Election. The interim board of directors and the board of directors, at the first regular meeting of each at which a quorum is present, shall elect by a majority vote of the directors present and voting a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. The board may elect such other officers as it deems necessary.
    (2) Term of office. (a) Board officers shall begin serving immediately upon their election and their term of office shall be one year. After his or her term of office has expired, a board officer shall continue to serve until his or her successor is elected and certified.
    (b) If a board office is vacant, the board shall elect a successor to serve out the term of the office.
    (3) Powers and duties. Board officers shall exercise powers and perform duties as prescribed by this Act or as delegated to them by the board.
(Source: P.A. 83-945.)

220 ILCS 10/15

    (220 ILCS 10/15) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 915)
    Sec. 15. Corrupt practices and conflicts of interest. (1) No person may offer or give anything of monetary value to any director, employee or agent of the corporation if the offer or gift influences, or is intended to influence, the action or judgment of the director, employee or agent of the corporation in his or her capacity as director, employee or agent of the corporation.
    (2) No director, employee or agent of the corporation may solicit or accept anything of monetary value from any person if the solicitation or acceptance influences, or is intended to influence, the official action or judgment of the director, employee or agent in his or her capacity as director, employee or agent of the corporation.
    (3) Any person who knowingly and wilfully violates this Section may be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than 6 months or both.
    (4) The board shall remove from office any director convicted under this Section and shall fill such office under subsection (6)(h) of Section 12.
(Source: P.A. 83-945.)

220 ILCS 10/16

    (220 ILCS 10/16) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 916)
    Sec. 16. Corporation to be nonpartisan. The corporation may not sponsor, endorse or otherwise support, nor may it oppose any political party or the candidacy of any person for public office. The corporation and its directors and employees may not in their official capacities make statements which are intended to influence elections.
(Source: P.A. 86-101.)

220 ILCS 10/17

    (220 ILCS 10/17) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 917)
    Sec. 17. Expenses. All expenses of the corporation incurred in carrying out this Act shall be payable solely from the funding as provided under this Act, and no liability may be incurred by the corporation beyond the extent to which moneys have been provided under this Act except that, for the purposes of meeting the necessary expenses of postage, preparing and printing the enclosure, initial organization and operation of the corporation for the period commencing on the effective date of this Act and continuing until the first election of the board of directors under Section 12, the corporation or any individual may borrow such moneys as it requires, including moneys which may be loaned by the Illinois Commerce Commission from funds appropriated for that purpose by law. Such moneys borrowed by the corporation or any individual shall subsequently be repaid with appropriate interest over a reasonable period of time. Loans made to the corporation by the Illinois Commerce Commission shall be repaid within 24 months from the date the loan is made.
(Source: P.A. 83-945.)

220 ILCS 10/18

    (220 ILCS 10/18) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 918)
    Sec. 18. Dissolution. The corporation may dissolve or be dissolved under the General Not for Profit Corporation Act.
(Source: P.A. 83-945.)

220 ILCS 10/19

    (220 ILCS 10/19) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 919)
    Sec. 19. Construction. (1) This Act, being necessary for the welfare of the State and its inhabitants, shall be liberally construed to effect its purposes.
    (2) Nothing in this Act shall be construed to limit the right of any person to initiate, intervene in, or otherwise participate in any regulatory agency proceeding or court action, nor to require any petition or notification to the corporation as a condition precedent to the exercise of such right, nor to relieve any regulatory agency or court of any obligation, or to affect its discretion, to permit intervention or participation by any person in any proceeding or action.
(Source: P.A. 83-945.)

220 ILCS 10/20

    (220 ILCS 10/20) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 920)
    Sec. 20. Liability of public utility. No public utility shall be liable on any claim based on any action it is required to take to be in compliance with this Act.
(Source: P.A. 83-945.)

220 ILCS 10/21

    (220 ILCS 10/21) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 921)
    Sec. 21. Home rule preemption. The provisions of this Act are declared to be an exclusive exercise of power by the State of Illinois pursuant to paragraphs (h) or (i) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution. No home rule unit may impose any requirement or regulation on any public utility inconsistent with or in addition to the requirements or regulations set forth in this Act.
(Source: P.A. 83-945.)