Illinois Commerce Commission

The company behind the proposed Rock Island Clean Line says pending legal proceedings in Illinois prompted it to withdraw its request to approve the Iowa leg of its project. 

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The Illinois Commerce Commission has approved a rate decrease for ComEd and rates increase for Ameren Illinois.

ComEd says the lowered delivery rate announced Wednesday is the result of efficiencies generated from the continuing rollout of its smart grid. The rate decrease is expected to mean the average residential customer should pay about $1 a month less on their bill, starting next month.

The commission approved a $67 million rate decrease -- $17 million more than the $50 million decrease ComEd proposed.

Status Of Power Line Project Hotly Contested

Dec 4, 2015

The Illinois Commerce Commission defended its decision to grant a Texas-based company status as a public utility this week. A lawyer representing ComEd, farmers, and landowners was the first to speak during oral arguments in an appellate court, followed by lawyers for the commission and Rock Island Clean Line.

The company must also obtain public utility status from the Iowa Utilities Board before it can build a high-voltage power line from northwestern Iowa to northeastern Illinois.

Illinois Public Radio's Michelle O'Neill reports:

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State data show that about half of Illinois households only have wireless phone service.

The Illinois Commerce Commission says 48 percent of households in the state relied on wireless-only service at the end of last year.

Landline use has dropped 36 percent in Illinois from 2005 to 2014. There are about 5 million landline users in Illinois, including Internet- and cable-based lines.

The state has about 13 million wireless subscribers, the commission estimates.

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The Illinois Commerce Commission approved ComEd’s Grand Prairie Gateway Project, a new transmission line that will run across DeKalb, Ogle, Kane and DuPage counties.

Construction is set to begin after April 2015 for the line to be in service by June 2017. The line will require about 400 steel power poles from ComEd’s existing substation just east of the Kane County line to the substation in Byron.