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IAITC FarmWeek Article September 25, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017



September 25, 2017

Another in the series of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom non-fiction text examples to be used in your classroom.  Remember, these will be available every MONDAY afternoon that FarmWeek is published during the school year.

Questions about this can be directed to Kevin Daugherty, Education Director of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom at [email protected]

**Reminder these questions are designed to use with the on-line version of FarmWeek.  

http://digital.farmweeknow.com/app.php?RelId=6.2.2.7

*This week we have attached the word document of the story.

Note, by request of teachers we have included the answers to the questions immediately following the questions.   

 Illinois Supreme Court:  RICL not a public utility

  1.  What is the ICC?  (The ICC is the Illinois Commerce Commission.  It’s job is to balance the interests of consumers and utilities to ensure adequate, efficient, reliable, safe and least cost-public utilities.   Members of the ICC are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Illinois Senate. https://www.icc.illinois.gov/about.aspx)
  2.  Explain the purpose behind the proposed Rock Island Clean Line (RICL).   (The Rock Island Clean Line is a proposed 500 mile high voltage transmission line designed to move power generated by wind in Iowa to a transmission grid in GRUNDY County IL to distribute to eastern states.)
  3.  On what grounds did the Illinois Supreme Court uphold the Illinois Appellate Court ruling?  (The company does not qualify as a public entity under Illinois law and was ineligible for a certificate of public convenience.)
  4. Interpret the statement by Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier about the Rock Island Clean Line.  (Answers will vary, but should include the company isn’t an Illinois company, and doesn’t have rights that impact Illinois citizens to make a profit. )
  5.  Name the three court systems in Illinois, and discuss why one level of the court system was not mentioned in this article or legal action.  (The three court systems are Circuit, Appeals and Supreme.  Because this was a case of interpretation involving a Governor appointed commission, the Circuit Court wasn’t involved.  The action went directly to the Appeals Court which ruled the action was not correct.  The Supreme Court upheld the decision of the Appeals Court.)

 

EXTRA For 108 years the Interstate Commerce Commission regulated railroads (and later trucking ) to insure fair rates and eliminate discrimination.(see more info at http://www.encyclopedia.com/social-sciences-and-law/political-science-and-government/us-government/interstate-commerce).The commission started as a result of a court case from Illinois involving agriculture and an agriculture organization (the Grange).Check out Munn vs. Illinois at https://www.britannica.com/event/Munn-v-Illinois.  The Interstate Commerce Commision was disbanded in 1995.  



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