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(625 ILCS 5/18c-1204)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 18c-1204)
(1) Establishment. There shall be established within the staff of the
Commission a Transportation Division in which primary staff responsibility for
the administration and enforcement of this Chapter and Chapter 18a shall be
vested. The Transportation Division shall be headed by a division manager
responsible to the executive director.
(2) Structure. The Transportation Division shall consist of 4 programs
and 2 offices. The 4 programs shall be Compliance, Review and Examination,
Docketing and Processing, and Rail Safety. Each program shall be headed by
a program director and responsible to the division manager, except that in
the Compliance Program the 3 staff supervisors shall each be responsible to
the division manager. The 2 offices shall be the Office of Transportation
Counsel and the Office of the Division Manager. The Office of
Transportation Counsel shall be headed by a Chief Counsel responsible to
the Division Manager. The Division Manager shall coordinate the activities
and responsibilities of the Office of Transportation Counsel with the
executive director and the personal assistant serving as staff counsel to
the executive director in the office of the executive director, and with
(a) The Compliance Program.
(i) The Compliance Program shall consist of a
police staff, a rate auditing staff, and a civil penalties staff. These staffs shall be headed by a Chief of Police, a Supervisor of Tariffs and Audits, and a Supervisor of Civil Penalties, respectively.
(ii) The police staff shall be divided into
districts with a field office in each district. Each district shall be headed by a working supervisor responsible to the Chief of Police. All staff responsibility for enforcement of this Chapter, except with regard to rail safety, shall be vested in the Compliance Program.
(b) The Review and Examination Program.
(i) Staff responsibility for review of all
nonhearing matters under this Chapter and Chapter 18a and examination of all matters assigned for hearing under this Chapter and Chapter 18a shall be vested in the Review and Examination Program, except as otherwise provided in Section 18c-1204b.
(ii) Hearing examiners in the program shall have
responsibility for developing a full, complete and impartial record on all issues to be decided in a proceeding; recommending disposition of the issues or making an initial decision on them, as provided in this Chapter; and setting forth in writing the basis for their recommendations or initial decisions. The program director shall be the chief hearing examiner for matters under this Chapter and Chapter 18a with responsibility to insure consistency of recommendations and initial decisions.
(c) The Processing and Docketing Program. All staff
responsibility for docketing and processing filings, accounting of receipts and expenditures, issuing, file maintenance and other processing functions under this Chapter and Chapter 18a shall be vested in the Processing Program.
(d) The Rail Safety Program. Staff responsibility for
administration and enforcement of the rail safety provisions of this Chapter shall be vested in the Rail Safety Program.
(e) The Office of Transportation Counsel.
(i) All Commission staff responsibility for
provision of legal services in connection with any matter under this Chapter, excepting any matter under subchapters 7 and 8 of this Chapter, or in connection with any matter under Chapter 18a shall, except with regard to functions vested in the review and examination program under paragraph (b) of this subsection, be vested exclusively in the Office of Transportation Counsel.
(ii) The Office of Transportation Counsel shall,
when directed through the division manager to do so, represent the Commission or Commission staff in administrative or judicial proceedings and render staff advisory opinions to the executive director and the Commission.
(f) Levels of Administration. No additional levels
of administration, supervision or authority shall be superimposed, or remain superimposed, between levels prescribed under this Section, and no organizational units may be created within the Transportation Division except as prescribed under this Section.
(3) Additional Functions. Staff functions relating to rulemaking,
policy recommendations and advisory committees under this Chapter and
Chapter 18a shall be vested in the Transportation Division.
The staff shall prepare and distribute to the General Assembly, in
April of each year, a report on railway accidents in Illinois which involve
hazardous materials. The report shall include the location, substance
involved, amounts involved, and the suspected reason for each accident. The
report shall also reveal the rail line and point of origin of the hazardous
material involved in each accident.
(Source: P.A. 88-415.)