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 1        AN ACT concerning public utilities.

 2        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section  5.  The  Public  Utilities  Act  is  amended  by
 5    changing Section 8-101 as follows:

 6        (220 ILCS 5/8-101) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-101)
 7        Sec.     8-101.     Duties     of    public    utilities;
 8    nondiscrimination.
 9        (a)  A  public  utility  shall  furnish,   provide,   and
10    maintain   such  service  instrumentalities,  equipment,  and
11    facilities as shall promote the safety, health, comfort,  and
12    convenience  of  its  patrons,  employees,  and public and as
13    shall be in  all  respects  adequate,  efficient,  just,  and
14    reasonable.
15        All  rules  and  regulations  made  by  a  public utility
16    affecting or pertaining to its  charges  or  service  to  the
17    public shall be just and reasonable.
18        A  public  utility shall, upon reasonable notice, furnish
19    to all persons who  may  apply  therefor  and  be  reasonably
20    entitled  thereto,  suitable  facilities and service, without
21    discrimination and without delay.
22        Nothing in this Section shall be construed to  prevent  a
23    public  utility  from  accepting payment electronically or by
24    the use of a customer-preferred financially accredited credit
25    or debit methodology.
26        (b)  A public utility is not obligated to provide service
27    to any address for which  service  was  discontinued  or  for
28    which  amounts  owing  for service remain unpaid if the party
29    responsible  for  payment  for  service  previously  provided
30    resides at the address and the person  who  is  applying  for
31    service  resided  at  the residence during the period service
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 1    was provided but payment was not made.
 2    (Source: P.A. 92-22, eff. 6-30-01.)

 3        Section 99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect  upon
 4    becoming law.

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