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(110 ILCS 305/115)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2024)
Water rates report.
(a) Subject to appropriation, no later than December 1, 2022, the Government Finance Research Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in coordination with an intergovernmental advisory committee, must issue a report evaluating the setting of water rates throughout the Lake Michigan service area of northeastern Illinois and, no later than December 1, 2023, for the remainder of Illinois. The report must provide recommendations for policy and regulatory needs at the State and local level based on its findings. The report shall, at a minimum, address all of the following areas:
(1) The components of a water bill.
(2) Reasons for increases in water rates.
(3) The definition of affordability throughout the
State and any variances to that definition.
(4) Evidence of rate-setting that utilizes
(5) The extent to which State or local policies drive
cost increases or variations in rate-settings.
(6) Challenges within economically disadvantaged
communities in setting water rates.
(7) Opportunities for increased intergovernmental
coordination for setting equitable water rates.
(b) In developing the report under this Section, the Government Finance Research Center shall form an advisory committee, which shall be composed of all of the following members:
(1) The Director of the Environmental Protection
Agency, or his or her designee.
(2) The Director of Natural Resources, or his or her
(3) The Director of Commerce and Economic
Opportunity, or his or her designee.
(4) The Attorney General, or his or her designee.
(5) At least 2 members who are representatives of
private water utilities operating in Illinois, appointed by the Director of the Government Finance Research Center.
(6) At least 4 members who are representatives of
municipal water utilities, appointed by the Director of the Government Finance Research Center.
(7) One member who is a representative of an
environmental justice advocacy organization, appointed by the Director of the Government Finance Research Center.
(8) One member who is a representative of a consumer
advocacy organization, appointed by the Director of the Government Finance Research Center.
(9) One member who is a representative of an
environmental planning organization that serves northeastern Illinois, appointed by the Director of the Government Finance Research Center.
(10) The Director of the Illinois State Water Survey,
(11) The Chairperson of the Illinois Commerce
Commission, or his or her designee.
(c) After all members are appointed, the committee shall hold its first meeting at the call of the Director of the Government Finance Research Center, at which meeting the members shall select a chairperson from among themselves. After its first meeting, the committee shall meet at the call of the chairperson. Members of the committee shall serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for their reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in performing their duties. The Government Finance Research Center shall provide administrative and other support to the committee.
(d) No later than 60 days after August 23, 2019 (the effective date of Public Act 101-562), the Government Finance Research Center must provide an opportunity for public comment on the questions to be addressed in the report, the metrics to be used, and the recommendations that need to be issued.
(e) This Section is repealed on January 1, 2024.
(Source: P.A. 101-562, eff. 8-23-19; 102-507, eff. 8-20-21; 102-558, eff. 8-20-21.)