2021 Illinois Compiled Statutes
Chapter 220 - UTILITIES
220 ILCS 45/ - Telecommunications Facility Fire and Emergency Act.
(220 ILCS 45/0.01) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 1550)
Sec. 0.01. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Telecommunications Facility Fire and Emergency Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-1324.)
(220 ILCS 45/1) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 1551)
Sec. 1. The General Assembly finds that telecommunications services have developed into an indispensable facet of modern life, encompassing personal communications, business communications from the local to the international level, and a wide range of emergency communications. The results of any major interruption of telecommunications services can be catastrophic. It is therefore crucial that the State of Illinois take all reasonable actions to provide assurances that appropriate protective mechanisms are in place to prevent major interruptions of telecommunications services and to provide assurances of a proper emergency response if such protective mechanisms fail. The intent of this Act is to authorize the three State agencies most directly responsible for telecommunications, fire prevention, and emergency services, respectively, to develop joint rules and implement enforcement action where necessary to provide such assurances.
(Source: P.A. 86-389.)
(220 ILCS 45/2) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 1552)
Sec. 2. In addition to any other rulemaking authority they possess, the Illinois Commerce Commission created by the Public Utilities Act, the Office of the State Fire Marshal created by the State Fire Marshal Act, and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency created by the Illinois Emergency Services and Disaster Agency Act of 1988, are authorized to adopt joint rules on the provisions of adequate fire protection and emergency notification systems at telecommunications service facilities in Illinois. In adopting rules, these agencies may consider (a) the need for emergency and other reporting requirements, including without limitation, the immediate notification of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency in the event of a major failure of telecommunications systems, and (b) any other matters relevant to the purposes of this Act. Rulemaking proceedings to adopt rules under this Act shall be conducted under the auspices of the Illinois Commerce Commission in accordance with Article X of the Public Utilities Act and the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act; provided, however, that no joint rules shall be adopted or changed except upon the concurrence of all 3 agencies.
(Source: P.A. 86-389; 87-168.)
(220 ILCS 45/3) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 1553)
Sec. 3. The agencies listed in Section 2 of this Act shall have the authority to investigate alleged violations of the rules adopted under this Act and to serve a notice of violation upon the affected telecommunications carrier or other communications provider. If the affected telecommunications carrier or other communications provider disputes that a violation has occurred, it shall, within 30 days after receipt of the written notice of violation, file a request for hearing on such violation before the Illinois Commerce Commission. The Commission shall conduct a hearing on such matter and enter an order thereon in accordance with the provisions of Article X of the Public Utilities Act, including the provisions for appeal of any such order. In any such hearing before the Commission, one or more of the listed agencies in Section 2 of this Act shall participate and shall present evidence of the alleged violation.
(Source: P.A. 86-389; 86-1028.)
(220 ILCS 45/4) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 1554)
Sec. 4. (a) Any telecommunications carrier which fails to correct any violation of the rules adopted under this Act after written notice of violation, or, if the violation is disputed, after final determination of violation including appeal if any, in accordance with Section 3, shall be liable for a penalty not to exceed $10,000 for each violation, and an additional penalty not to exceed $1,000 for each day during which such violation continues. Actions for injunction or mandamus to enforce correction of violations and actions to recover penalties authorized under this Section shall be filed in the name of the People of the State of Illinois in the circuit court in accordance with Sections 4-201, 4-202 and 4-203 of the Public Utilities Act. In any action to recover penalties under this Section for a violation determined in any final order of the Commission as provided in Section 3, the fact of the violation shall be deemed proven and shall not be relitigated.
(b) Anything to the contrary in Sections 4-201 and 4-203 notwithstanding, the proceeds of all monetary penalties received from enforcement action initiated pursuant to this Section shall be divided equally between the county and municipality in which the violation occurred.
(Source: P.A. 86-389.)
(220 ILCS 45/5) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 1555)
Sec. 5. This Act and any rules adopted pursuant to this Act shall be applicable to such switching facilities of telecommunications carriers in Illinois, as defined in Section 13-202 of The Public Utilities Act, and to such switching facilities of any company described in Section 1 of "An Act relating to the powers, duties and property of telephone companies", approved May 16, 1903, as the agencies find are necessary to protect against a major interruption of telecommunications services.
(Source: P.A. 86-389.)