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UTILITIES
(220 ILCS 5/) Public Utilities Act.

220 ILCS 5/Art. II

 
    (220 ILCS 5/Art. II heading)
ARTICLE II. ILLINOIS
COMMERCE COMMISSION

220 ILCS 5/2-101

    (220 ILCS 5/2-101) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 2-101)
    Sec. 2-101. Commerce Commission created. 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. The Governor shall appoint the members of such Commission by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. In case of a vacancy in such office during the recess of the Senate the Governor shall make a temporary appointment until the next meeting of the Senate, when he shall nominate some person to fill such office; and any person so nominated who is confirmed by the Senate, shall hold his office during the remainder of the term and until his successor shall be appointed and qualified. Each member of the Commission shall hold office for a term of 5 years from the third Monday in January of the year in which his predecessor's term expires.
    Notwithstanding any provision of this Section to the contrary, the term of office of each member of the Commission is terminated on the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1995, but the incumbent members shall continue to exercise all of the powers and be subject to all of the duties of members of the Commission until their respective successors are appointed and qualified. Of the members initially appointed under the provisions of this amendatory Act of 1995, one member shall be appointed for a term of office which shall expire on the third Monday of January, 1997; 2 members shall be appointed for terms of office which shall expire on the third Monday of January, 1998; one member shall be appointed for a term of office which shall expire on the third Monday of January, 1999; and one member shall be appointed for a term of office which shall expire on the third Monday of January, 2000. Each respective successor shall be appointed for a term of 5 years from the third Monday of January of the year in which his predecessor's term expires in accordance with the provisions of the first paragraph of this Section.
    Each member shall serve until his successor is appointed and qualified, except that if the Senate refuses to consent to the appointment of any member, such office shall be deemed vacant, and within 2 weeks of the date the Senate refuses to consent to the reappointment of any member, such member shall vacate such office. The Governor shall from time to time designate the member of the Commission who shall be its chairman. Consistent with the provisions of this Act, the Chairman shall be the chief executive officer of the Commission for the purpose of ensuring that the Commission's policies are properly executed.
    If there is no vacancy on the Commission, 4 members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum to transact business; otherwise, a majority of the Commission shall constitute a quorum to transact business, and no vacancy shall impair the right of the remaining commissioners to exercise all of the powers of the Commission. Every finding, order, or decision approved by a majority of the members of the Commission shall be deemed to be the finding, order, or decision of the Commission.
(Source: P.A. 92-22, eff. 6-30-01.)

220 ILCS 5/2-102

    (220 ILCS 5/2-102) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 2-102)
    Sec. 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.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/2-103

    (220 ILCS 5/2-103) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 2-103)
    Sec. 2-103. (a) No former member of the Commission or person formerly employed by the Commission may represent any person before the Commission in any capacity with respect to any particular Commission proceeding in which he participated personally and substantially as a member or employee of the Commission.
    (b) No former member of the Commission may appear before the Commission in connection with any Commission proceeding for a period of 2 years following the termination of service with the Commission.
    (c) No former member of the Commission may accept any employment with any entity subject to Commission regulation or certification, or with any industry trade association that (i) receives a majority of its funding from entities regulated or certificated by the Commission; or (ii) has a majority of members regulated or certificated by the Commission, for one year following the termination of services with the Commission; provided such prohibition shall extend to 2 years for commissioners appointed subsequent to the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly.
    (d) No entity subject to Commission regulation or certification or any industry trade association that (i) receives a majority of its funding from entities regulated or certificated by the Commission; or (ii) has a majority of members regulated or certificated by the Commission shall offer a former member of the Commission employment for a period of one year following the termination of the former Commission member's service with the Commission, or otherwise hire such person as an agent, consultant, or attorney where such employment or contractual relation would be in violation of this Section; provided such prohibition on offers of employment shall extend to 2 years for those commissioners appointed subsequent to the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 96-33, eff. 7-10-09.)

220 ILCS 5/2-104

    (220 ILCS 5/2-104) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 2-104)
    Sec. 2-104. It is declared to be the public policy of this State that the Illinois Commerce Commission established herein is a quasi-judicial body and that each commissioner shall receive an annual salary of $39,000, or such amount as set by the Compensation Review Board, whichever is greater. The chairman of the Commission shall receive in addition to his salary as a commissioner an additional sum of $8,500 per year, or an amount set by the Compensation Review Board, whichever is greater, during such time as he shall serve as chairman.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/2-105

    (220 ILCS 5/2-105) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 2-105)
    Sec. 2-105. Organization; executive director; assistants to Commissioners.
    (a) In order that the Commission may perform the duties and exercise the powers granted to it and assume its responsibilities under this Act and any and all other statutes of this State, the Commission, acting jointly, shall hire an executive director who shall be responsible to the Commission and shall serve subject only to removal by the Commission for good cause. The executive director shall be responsible for the supervision and direction of the Commission staff and for the necessary administrative activities of the Commission, subject only to Commission direction and approval. In furtherance thereof, the executive director may organize the Commission staff into such departments, bureaus, sections, or divisions as he may deem necessary or appropriate. In connection therewith, the executive director may delegate and assign to one or more staff member or members the supervision and direction of any such department, bureau, section, or division.
    (b) The executive director shall obtain, subject to the provisions of the Personnel Code, such accountants, engineers, experts, inspectors, clerks, and employees as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this Act or to perform the duties and exercise the powers conferred by law upon the Commission. All accountants, engineers, experts, inspectors, clerks, and employees of the Commission shall receive the compensation fixed by the Executive Director, subject only to Commission approval. Notwithstanding these provisions, each commissioner shall have the authority to retain up to 2 full-time assistants, subject to the provisions of the Personnel Code, who shall be supervised by the commissioner and whose compensation shall be fixed by the commissioner.
    (c) The commissioners, executive director, hearing examiners, accountants, engineers, clerks, inspectors, experts, and other employees shall have reimbursed to them all actual and necessary traveling and other expenses and disbursements necessarily incurred or made by them in the discharge of their official duties. The Commission and executive director may also incur necessary expenses for office furniture, stationery, printing, and other incidental expenses.
    (d) A copy of any contract executed between the Commission and the executive director which establishes or provides for the expenditure of public funds shall be filed with the State Comptroller within 15 days of execution and shall be available for public inspection. Any cancellation or modification of any such contract shall be filed with the State Comptroller within 15 days of execution and shall be available for public inspection. When a contract or modification required to be filed under this subsection has not been filed within 30 days of execution, the State Comptroller shall refuse to issue any warrant for payment thereunder until the Commission files the contract or modification with the State Comptroller.
(Source: P.A. 89-429, eff. 12-15-95.)

220 ILCS 5/2-106

    (220 ILCS 5/2-106) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 2-106)
    Sec. 2-106. (a) The executive director shall employ hearing examiners to make valuations of public utility properties, or to estimate proper rates of service of public utilities, or to examine other questions coming before the Commission, by taking testimony or by independent investigation. The executive director shall designate one hearing examiner to serve as chief hearing examiner who shall be responsible for supervising and directing the activities of all hearing examiners, subject to the approval of the executive director. Hearing examiners shall, under the direction of the chief hearing examiner, take testimony of witnesses, examine accounts, records, books, papers and physical properties, either by holding hearings or making independent investigations, in any matter referred to them by the chief hearing examiner; and make report thereof to the chief hearing examiner, and attend at hearings before the Commission when so directed by the chief hearing examiner, for the purpose of explaining their investigations and the result thereof to the Commission and the parties interested; and perform such other duties as the chief hearing examiner may direct.
    (b) All hearing examiners employed by the Commission shall be thoroughly familiar with applicable rules of evidence, procedure and administrative law. At least every two years after a hearing examiner is employed by the Commission, the executive director and chief hearing examiner shall review the performance of such hearing examiner based on whether the examiner:
    (i) is, and is perceived to be, fair to all parties;
    (ii) has a judicious and considerate temperament;
    (iii) is capable of comprehending and properly conducting proceedings and other duties to which he is assigned;
    (iv) is capable of understanding and rendering rulings on legal and evidentiary issues;
    (v) is capable of independently evaluating the evidentiary record and drafting a proposed final order which reflects careful, impartial and competent analysis; and
    (vi) meets any other qualifications deemed relevant or necessary by the executive director or chief hearing examiner.
(Source: P.A. 84-617.)

220 ILCS 5/2-107

    (220 ILCS 5/2-107) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 2-107)
    Sec. 2-107. The office of the Commission shall be in Springfield, but the Commission may, with the approval of the Governor, establish and maintain branch offices at places other than the seat of government. Such office shall be open for business between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. throughout the year, and one or more responsible persons to be designated by the executive director shall be on duty at all times in immediate charge thereof.
    The Commission shall hold stated meetings at least once a month and may hold such special meetings as it may deem necessary at any place within the State. At each regular and special meeting that is open to the public, members of the public shall be afforded time, subject to reasonable constraints, to make comments to or to ask questions of the Commission.
    The Commission shall provide a web site and a toll-free telephone number to accept comments from Illinois residents regarding any matter under the auspices of the Commission or before the Commission. The Commission staff shall report, in a manner established by the Commission that is consistent with the Commission's rules regarding ex parte communications, to the full Commission comments and suggestions received through both venues before all relevant votes of the Commission.
    The Commission may, for the authentication of its records, process and proceedings, adopt, keep and use a common seal, of which seal judicial notice shall be taken in all courts of this State; and any process, notice, order or other paper which the Commission may be authorized by law to issue shall be deemed sufficient if signed and certified by the Chairman of the Commission or his or her designee, either by hand or by facsimile, and with such seal attached; and all acts, orders, proceedings, rules, entries, minutes, schedules and records of the Commission, and all reports and documents filed with the Commission, may be proved in any court of this State by a copy thereof, certified to by the Chairman of the Commission, with the seal of the Commission attached.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section, the Commission's established procedures for accepting testimony from Illinois residents on matters pending before the Commission shall be consistent with the Commission's rules regarding ex parte communications and due process.
(Source: P.A. 95-127, eff. 8-13-07.)

220 ILCS 5/2-108

    (220 ILCS 5/2-108) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 2-108)
    Sec. 2-108. Disqualification of a Commissioner from certain proceedings.
    (a) Definitions. In this Section:
        "Degree of relationship" is calculated according to
    
the civil law.
        "Fiduciary" includes without limitation a personal
    
representative, an executor, an administrator, a trustee, and a guardian.
        "Financial interest" means ownership of a legal or
    
equitable interest, however small, or being in the relationship of director, advisor, or other active participant in the affairs of a party, except the following:
            (i) Ownership in a mutual or common investment
        
fund that holds securities is not a "financial interest" in those securities unless the Commissioner participates in the management of the fund.
            (ii) An office in an educational, religious,
        
charitable, fraternal, or civic organization is not a "financial interest" in securities held by the organization.
            (iii) The proprietary interest of a policyholder
        
in a mutual insurance company, a depositor in a mutual savings association, or a similar proprietary interest is a "financial interest" in the organization only if the outcome of the proceeding could substantially affect the value of the interest.
            (iv) Ownership of government securities is a
        
"financial interest" in the issuer only if the outcome of the proceeding could substantially affect the value of the securities.
    (b) A Commissioner must disqualify himself or herself in a proceeding in which his or her impartiality might reasonably be questioned, including without limitation the following:
        (1) The Commissioner has a personal bias or prejudice
    
concerning a party or a party's lawyer.
        (2) At any time during the preceding 3 years, the
    
Commissioner was employed by or served as a lawyer, witness, consultant, or advisor, with respect to any regulatory issue within the purview of the statutes conferring jurisdiction on the Commission for any public utility, telecommunications carrier, motor carrier, or an affiliated interest of a public utility, telecommunications carrier, or motor carrier who is a party to the proceeding.
        (3) The Commissioner was, within the preceding 3
    
years, a partner in, associated with, or employed by any firm, partnership, company, or corporation which, within the preceding 3 years or currently, served or is serving as a lawyer, witness, consultant, or advisor, with respect to any regulatory issue within the purview of the statutes conferring jurisdiction on the Commission for any public utility, telecommunications carrier, motor carrier, or an affiliated interest of a public utility, telecommunications carrier, or motor carrier who is a party to the proceeding, except that referral of cases when no monetary interest is retained is not an association within the meaning of this paragraph.
        (4) The Commissioner knows that he or she,
    
individually or as a fiduciary, or that a spouse or minor child residing in his or her household has a substantial financial interest in the subject matter of the proceeding or in a party to the proceeding or has any interest other than financial that could be substantially affected by the outcome of the proceeding.
        (5) The Commissioner, his or her spouse, a person
    
within the second degree of relationship to either of them, or the spouse of a person within that degree of relationship:
            (A) is a party to the proceeding or an officer,
        
director, or trustee of a party;
            (B) is acting as a lawyer in the proceeding; or
            (C) is to the Commissioner's knowledge likely to
        
be a witness, consultant, or advisor to any party to the proceeding.
    (c) A Commissioner must inform himself or herself about the Commissioner's personal and fiduciary financial interests and shall make a reasonable effort to inform himself or herself about the personal financial interests of the Commissioner's spouse and minor children residing in his or her household.
    (d) If a Commissioner disqualifies himself or herself, the Commissioner shall provide a written explanation of the reasons for the disqualification to all parties to the proceeding.
    This Section shall apply only to persons appointed or reappointed to the Illinois Commerce Commission and confirmed by the Senate after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1991.
(Source: P.A. 87-801.)

220 ILCS 5/2-201

    (220 ILCS 5/2-201) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 2-201)
    Sec. 2-201. There shall be paid to the Commission the following fees: For copies of evidence and proceedings before the Commission, official documents and orders filed in its office, or other papers and records, whether or not certified or otherwise authenticated, 25 for each folio, and $1 for each certificate with a seal affixed thereto.
    For certifying each copy of the Commission's annual report, or each copy of any report made by a public utility to the Commission, $1.
    No fees shall be charged or collected for copies of papers, records, or official documents furnished to any city or public officers, including the Public Counsel, for use in their official capacity, or for the annual reports of the Commission in the ordinary course of distribution, but the Commission may fix reasonable charges for publications issued under its authority. All fees charged and collected by the Commission shall be paid promptly after the receipt of the same, accompanied by a detailed statement thereof, into the Public Utility Fund in the State treasury.
(Source: P.A. 84-617; 84-1118.)

220 ILCS 5/2-202

    (220 ILCS 5/2-202) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 2-202)
    Sec. 2-202. Policy; Public Utility Fund; tax.
    (a) It is declared to be the public policy of this State that in order to maintain and foster the effective regulation of public utilities under this Act in the interests of the People of the State of Illinois and the public utilities as well, the public utilities subject to regulation under this Act and which enjoy the privilege of operating as public utilities in this State, shall bear the expense of administering this Act by means of a tax on such privilege measured by the annual gross revenue of such public utilities in the manner provided in this Section. For purposes of this Section, "expense of administering this Act" includes any costs incident to studies, whether made by the Commission or under contract entered into by the Commission, concerning environmental pollution problems caused or contributed to by public utilities and the means for eliminating or abating those problems. Such proceeds shall be deposited in the Public Utility Fund in the State treasury.
    (b) All of the ordinary and contingent expenses of the Commission incident to the administration of this Act shall be paid out of the Public Utility Fund except the compensation of the members of the Commission which shall be paid from the General Revenue Fund. Notwithstanding other provisions of this Act to the contrary, the ordinary and contingent expenses of the Commission incident to the administration of the Illinois Commercial Transportation Law may be paid from appropriations from the Public Utility Fund through the end of fiscal year 1986.
    (c) A tax is imposed upon each public utility subject to the provisions of this Act equal to .08% of its gross revenue for each calendar year commencing with the calendar year beginning January 1, 1982, except that the Commission may, by rule, establish a different rate no greater than 0.1%. For purposes of this Section, "gross revenue" shall not include revenue from the production, transmission, distribution, sale, delivery, or furnishing of electricity. "Gross revenue" shall not include amounts paid by telecommunications retailers under the Telecommunications Infrastructure Maintenance Fee Act.
    (d) Annual gross revenue returns shall be filed in accordance with paragraph (1) or (2) of this subsection (d).
        (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this
    
subsection (d), on or before January 10 of each year each public utility subject to the provisions of this Act shall file with the Commission an estimated annual gross revenue return containing an estimate of the amount of its gross revenue for the calendar year commencing January 1 of said year and a statement of the amount of tax due for said calendar year on the basis of that estimate. Public utilities may also file revised returns containing updated estimates and updated amounts of tax due during the calendar year. These revised returns, if filed, shall form the basis for quarterly payments due during the remainder of the calendar year. In addition, on or before March 31 of each year, each public utility shall file an amended return showing the actual amount of gross revenues shown by the company's books and records as of December 31 of the previous year. Forms and instructions for such estimated, revised, and amended returns shall be devised and supplied by the Commission.
        (2) Beginning with returns due after January 1, 2002,
    
the requirements of paragraph (1) of this subsection (d) shall not apply to any public utility in any calendar year for which the total tax the public utility owes under this Section is less than $10,000. For such public utilities with respect to such years, the public utility shall file with the Commission, on or before March 31 of the following year, an annual gross revenue return for the year and a statement of the amount of tax due for that year on the basis of such a return. Forms and instructions for such returns and corrected returns shall be devised and supplied by the Commission.
    (e) All returns submitted to the Commission by a public utility as provided in this subsection (e) or subsection (d) of this Section shall contain or be verified by a written declaration by an appropriate officer of the public utility that the return is made under the penalties of perjury. The Commission may audit each such return submitted and may, under the provisions of Section 5-101 of this Act, take such measures as are necessary to ascertain the correctness of the returns submitted. The Commission has the power to direct the filing of a corrected return by any utility which has filed an incorrect return and to direct the filing of a return by any utility which has failed to submit a return. A taxpayer's signing a fraudulent return under this Section is perjury, as defined in Section 32-2 of the Criminal Code of 2012.
    (f) (1) For all public utilities subject to paragraph (1) of subsection (d), at least one quarter of the annual amount of tax due under subsection (c) shall be paid to the Commission on or before the tenth day of January, April, July, and October of the calendar year subject to tax. In the event that an adjustment in the amount of tax due should be necessary as a result of the filing of an amended or corrected return under subsection (d) or subsection (e) of this Section, the amount of any deficiency shall be paid by the public utility together with the amended or corrected return and the amount of any excess shall, after the filing of a claim for credit by the public utility, be returned to the public utility in the form of a credit memorandum in the amount of such excess or be refunded to the public utility in accordance with the provisions of subsection (k) of this Section. However, if such deficiency or excess is less than $1, then the public utility need not pay the deficiency and may not claim a credit.
    (2) Any public utility subject to paragraph (2) of subsection (d) shall pay the amount of tax due under subsection (c) on or before March 31 next following the end of the calendar year subject to tax. In the event that an adjustment in the amount of tax due should be necessary as a result of the filing of a corrected return under subsection (e), the amount of any deficiency shall be paid by the public utility at the time the corrected return is filed. Any excess tax payment by the public utility shall be returned to it after the filing of a claim for credit, in the form of a credit memorandum in the amount of the excess. However, if such deficiency or excess is less than $1, the public utility need not pay the deficiency and may not claim a credit.
    (g) Each installment or required payment of the tax imposed by subsection (c) becomes delinquent at midnight of the date that it is due. Failure to make a payment as required by this Section shall result in the imposition of a late payment penalty, an underestimation penalty, or both, as provided by this subsection. The late payment penalty shall be the greater of:
        (1) $25 for each month or portion of a month that the
    
installment or required payment is unpaid or
        (2) an amount equal to the difference between what
    
should have been paid on the due date, based upon the most recently filed estimated, annual, or amended return, and what was actually paid, times 1%, for each month or portion of a month that the installment or required payment goes unpaid. This penalty may be assessed as soon as the installment or required payment becomes delinquent.
    The underestimation penalty shall apply to those public utilities subject to paragraph (1) of subsection (d) and shall be calculated after the filing of the amended return. It shall be imposed if the amount actually paid on any of the dates specified in subsection (f) is not equal to at least one-fourth of the amount actually due for the year, and shall equal the greater of:
        (1) $25 for each month or portion of a month that the
    
amount due is unpaid or
        (2) an amount equal to the difference between what
    
should have been paid, based on the amended return, and what was actually paid as of the date specified in subsection (f), times a percentage equal to 1/12 of the sum of 10% and the percentage most recently established by the Commission for interest to be paid on customer deposits under 83 Ill. Adm. Code 280.70(e)(1), for each month or portion of a month that the amount due goes unpaid, except that no underestimation penalty shall be assessed if the amount actually paid on or before each of the dates specified in subsection (f) was based on an estimate of gross revenues at least equal to the actual gross revenues for the previous year. The Commission may enforce the collection of any delinquent installment or payment, or portion thereof by legal action or in any other manner by which the collection of debts due the State of Illinois may be enforced under the laws of this State. The executive director or his designee may excuse the payment of an assessed penalty or a portion of an assessed penalty if he determines that enforced collection of the penalty as assessed would be unjust.
    (h) All sums collected by the Commission under the provisions of this Section shall be paid promptly after the receipt of the same, accompanied by a detailed statement thereof, into the Public Utility Fund in the State treasury.
    (i) During the month of October of each odd-numbered year the Commission shall:
        (1) determine the amount of all moneys deposited in
    
the Public Utility Fund during the preceding fiscal biennium plus the balance, if any, in that fund at the beginning of that biennium;
        (2) determine the sum total of the following items:
    
(A) all moneys expended or obligated against appropriations made from the Public Utility Fund during the preceding fiscal biennium, plus (B) the sum of the credit memoranda then outstanding against the Public Utility Fund, if any; and
        (3) determine the amount, if any, by which the sum
    
determined as provided in item (1) exceeds the amount determined as provided in item (2).
    If the amount determined as provided in item (3) of this subsection exceeds 50% of the previous fiscal year's appropriation level, the Commission shall then compute the proportionate amount, if any, which (x) the tax paid hereunder by each utility during the preceding biennium, and (y) the amount paid into the Public Utility Fund during the preceding biennium by the Department of Revenue pursuant to Sections 2-9 and 2-11 of the Electricity Excise Tax Law, bears to the difference between the amount determined as provided in item (3) of this subsection (i) and 50% of the previous fiscal year's appropriation level. The Commission shall cause the proportionate amount determined with respect to payments made under the Electricity Excise Tax Law to be transferred into the General Revenue Fund in the State Treasury, and notify each public utility that it may file during the 3 month period after the date of notification a claim for credit for the proportionate amount determined with respect to payments made hereunder by the public utility. If the proportionate amount is less than $10, no notification will be sent by the Commission, and no right to a claim exists as to that amount. Upon the filing of a claim for credit within the period provided, the Commission shall issue a credit memorandum in such amount to such public utility. Any claim for credit filed after the period provided for in this Section is void.
    (j) Credit memoranda issued pursuant to subsection (f) and credit memoranda issued after notification and filing pursuant to subsection (i) may be applied for the 2 year period from the date of issuance, against the payment of any amount due during that period under the tax imposed by subsection (c), or, subject to reasonable rule of the Commission including requirement of notification, may be assigned to any other public utility subject to regulation under this Act. Any application of credit memoranda after the period provided for in this Section is void.
    (k) The chairman or executive director may make refund of fees, taxes or other charges whenever he shall determine that the person or public utility will not be liable for payment of such fees, taxes or charges during the next 24 months and he determines that the issuance of a credit memorandum would be unjust.
(Source: P.A. 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)

220 ILCS 5/2-203

    (220 ILCS 5/2-203)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on April 1, 2015)
    Sec. 2-203. Public Utility Fund base maintenance contribution. Each electric utility as defined in Section 16-102 of this Act providing service to more than 12,500 customers in this State on January 1, 1995 shall contribute annually a pro rata share of a total amount of $5,500,000 based upon the number of kilowatt-hours delivered to retail customers within this State by each such electric utility in the 12 months preceding the year of contribution. On or before May 1 of each year, the Illinois Commerce Commission shall determine and notify the Illinois Department of Revenue of the pro rata share owed by each electric utility based upon information supplied annually to the Commission. On or before June 1 of each year, the Department of Revenue shall send written notification to each electric utility of the amount of pro rata share they owe. These contributions shall be remitted to the Department of Revenue no earlier than July 1 and no later than July 31 of each year the contribution is due on a return prescribed and furnished by the Department of Revenue showing such information as the Department of Revenue may reasonably require. The Department of Revenue shall place the funds remitted under this Section in the Public Utility Fund in the State treasury. The funds received pursuant to this Section shall be subject to appropriation by the General Assembly. If an electric utility does not remit its pro rata share to the Department of Revenue, the Department of Revenue must inform the Illinois Commerce Commission of such failure. The Illinois Commerce Commission may then revoke the certification of that electric utility. This Section is repealed on April 1, 2015.
(Source: P.A. 97-813, eff. 7-13-12; 98-602, eff. 12-6-13.)