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    (50 ILCS 750/0.01) (from Ch. 134, par. 30.01)
    Sec. 0.01. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the "Emergency Telephone System Act".
(Source: P.A. 85‑978.)

    (50 ILCS 750/1) (from Ch. 134, par. 31)
    Sec. 1. The General Assembly finds and declares that it is in the public interest to shorten the time required for a citizen to request and receive emergency aid. There currently exist thousands of different emergency phone numbers throughout the state, and present telephone exchange boundaries and central office service areas do not necessarily correspond to public safety and political boundaries. Provision of a single, primary three‑digit emergency number through which emergency services can be quickly and efficiently obtained would provide a significant contribution to law enforcement and other public service efforts by making it less difficult to quickly notify public safety personnel. Such a simplified means of procuring emergency services will result in the saving of life, a reduction in the destruction of property, quicker apprehension of criminals, and ultimately the saving of money. The General Assembly further finds and declares that the establishment of a uniform, statewide emergency number is a matter of statewide concern and interest to all inhabitants and citizens of this State. It is the purpose of this Act to establish the number "9‑1‑1" as the primary emergency telephone number for use in this State and to encourage units of local government and combinations of such units to develop and improve emergency communication procedures and facilities in such a manner as to be able to quickly respond to any person calling the telephone number "9‑1‑1" seeking police, fire, medical, rescue, and other emergency services.
(Source: P.A. 85‑978.)

    (50 ILCS 750/2) (from Ch. 134, par. 32)
    Sec. 2. As used in this Act, the terms defined in Sections following this Section and preceding Section 3 have the meanings ascribed to them in those Sections.
(Source: P.A. 88‑497.)

    (50 ILCS 750/2.01) (from Ch. 134, par. 32.01)
    Sec. 2.01. "Public agency" means the State, and any unit of local government or special purpose district located in whole or in part within this State which provides or has authority to provide firefighting, police, ambulance, medical, or other emergency services.
(Source: P.A. 79‑1092.)

    (50 ILCS 750/2.02) (from Ch. 134, par. 32.02)
    Sec. 2.02. "Public safety agency" means a functional division of a public agency which provides firefighting, police, medical, or other emergency services.
(Source: P.A. 79‑1092.)

    (50 ILCS 750/2.03) (from Ch. 134, par. 32.03)
    Sec. 2.03. "Direct dispatch method" means a telephone service providing for the dispatch of an appropriate emergency service unit upon receipt of a telephone request for such services and a decision as to the proper action to be taken.
(Source: P.A. 79‑1092.)

    (50 ILCS 750/2.04) (from Ch. 134, par. 32.04)
    Sec. 2.04. "Relay method" means a telephone service whereby pertinent information is noted by the recipient of a telephone request for emergency services, and is relayed to appropriate public safety agencies or other providers of emergency services for dispatch of an emergency service unit.
(Source: P.A. 79‑1092.)

    (50 ILCS 750/2.05) (from Ch. 134, par. 32.05)
    Sec. 2.05. "Transfer method" means a telephone service which receives telephone requests for emergency services and directly transfers such requests to an appropriate public safety agency or other provider of emergency services.
(Source: P.A. 79‑1092.)

    (50 ILCS 750/2.06) (from Ch. 134, par. 32.06)
    Sec. 2.06. "Referral method" means a telephone service which, upon the receipt of a telephone request for emergency services, provides the requesting party with the telephone number of the appropriate public safety agency or other provider of emergency services.
(Source: P.A. 79‑1092.)

    (50 ILCS 750/2.06a) (from Ch. 134, par. 32.06a)
    Sec. 2.06a. System. "System" means the communications equipment required to produce a response by the appropriate emergency public safety agency as a result of an emergency call being placed to 9‑1‑1.
(Source: P.A. 87‑1244; 88‑604, eff. 9‑1‑94.)

    (50 ILCS 750/2.07) (from Ch. 134, par. 32.07)
    Sec. 2.07. "Basic system" means a telephone service which automatically connects a person dialing the digits "911" to an established public safety answering point through normal telephone service facilities.
(Source: P.A. 79‑1092.)

    (50 ILCS 750/2.08) (from Ch. 134, par. 32.08)
    Sec. 2.08. "Sophisticated system" means a basic system with the additional capability of automatic identification of the caller's number, holding the incoming call, reconnection on the same telephone line, clearing a telephone line, or automatic call routing or any other capability or features then available or combinations of such capabilities.
(Source: P.A. 85‑978.)

    (50 ILCS 750/2.09) (from Ch. 134, par. 32.09)
    Sec. 2.09. "Commission" means the Illinois Commerce Commission.
(Source: P.A. 79‑1092.)

    (50 ILCS 750/2.10) (from Ch. 134, par. 32.10)
    Sec. 2.10. "Implementation date" means the effective date of a public act, other than this amendatory Act of 1987, providing all local public agencies affected by this Act with a specific source or sources of revenue for payment of the total costs of establishing or upgrading, operating and maintaining the emergency telephone systems required by this Act.
(Source: P.A. 85‑978.)

    (50 ILCS 750/2.11) (from Ch. 134, par. 32.11)
    Sec. 2.11. "Board" means an Emergency Telephone System Board or a Joint Emergency Telephone System Board created pursuant to Section 15.4.
(Source: P.A. 85‑978.)

    (50 ILCS 750/2.12) (from Ch. 134, par. 32.12)
    Sec. 2.12. (a) For the purposes of this Act, "network connections" means the number of voice grade communications channels directly between a subscriber and a telecommunications carrier's public switched network, without the intervention of any other telecommunications carrier's switched network, which would be required to carry the subscriber's inter‑premises traffic and which connection either (1) is capable of providing access through the public switched network to a 9‑1‑1 Emergency Telephone System if one exists, or, (2) if no system exists at the time a surcharge is imposed under Section 15.3 which would be capable of providing access through the public switched network to the local 9‑1‑1 Emergency Telephone System if one existed.
    (b) For the purposes of this Act, no telecommunications carrier providing facilities‑based local exchange telecommunications service prior to January 1, 1986 shall be required to offer or provide sophisticated 9‑1‑1 system features such as selective call routing in any area where that carrier's local switching facility does not have the capability to do so.
    (c) For the purposes of this Act, "telecommunication carrier" does not include a cellular or other mobile communication carrier.
    (d) Where multiple voice grade communication channels are connected to a telecommunication carrier's public switched network through a private branch exchange service (PBX), there shall be determined to be one network connection for each trunk line capable of transporting either the subscriber's inter‑premises traffic to the public switched network or the subscriber's 9‑1‑1 calls to the public agency. Where multiple voice grade communication channels are connected to a telecommunication carrier's public switched network through centrex type service, the number of network connections shall be equal to the number of PBX trunk equivalents for the subscriber's service, as determined by reference to any generally applicable exchange access service tariff filed by the subscriber's telecommunications carrier with the Commission. This subsection is not intended to make any change in the meaning of this Section, but is intended to remove possible ambiguity, thereby confirming the intent of paragraph (a) as it existed prior to and following the effective date of this amendatory Act of 2002.
(Source: P.A. 92‑557, eff. 1‑1‑03.)

    (50 ILCS 750/2.13) (from Ch. 134, par. 32.13)
    Sec. 2.13. "Transmitting messages" shall have the meaning ascribed to the term in Section 8‑11‑2 of the Illinois Municipal Code.
(Source: P.A. 85‑978.)

    (50 ILCS 750/2.14)
    Sec. 2.14. Automatic alarm; automatic alerting device. "Automatic alarm" and "automatic alerting device" mean any device that will access the 9‑1‑1 system for emergency services upon activation.
(Source: P.A. 88‑497.)

    (50 ILCS 750/2.15)
    Sec. 2.15. Mechanical dialer. "Mechanical dialer" means any device that either manually or remotely triggers a dialing device to access the 9‑1‑1 system.
(Source: P.A. 88‑497.)

    (50 ILCS 750/2.16)
    Sec. 2.16. Private business switch service. "Private business switch service" means a telecommunications service including centrex type service and private branch exchange service (PBX), even though key telephone systems or equivalent telephone systems registered with the FCC under 47 C.F.R. Part 68 are directly connected to centrex type and PBX systems providing 9‑1‑1 services equipped for switched local network connections or 9‑1‑1 system access to business end users through a private telephone switch. The term "private business switch service" does not include key telephone systems or equivalent telephone systems registered with the FCC under 47 C.F.R. Part 68 when not used in conjunction with centrex type and PBX systems. "Private business switch service" typically includes, but is not limited to, private businesses, corporations, and industries where the telecommunications service is primarily for conducting business.
(Source: P.A. 88‑604, eff. 9‑1‑94; 89‑497, eff. 6‑27‑96.)

    (50 ILCS 750/2.17)
    Sec. 2.17. Private residential switch service. "Private residential switch service" means a telecommunications service including centrex type service and private branch exchange service (PBX), even though key telephone systems or equivalent telephone systems registered with the FCC under 47 C.F.R. Part 68 are directly connected to centrex type and PBX systems providing 9‑1‑1 services equipped for switched local network connections or 9‑1‑1 system access to residential end users through a private telephone switch. The term "private residential switch service" does not include key telephone systems or equivalent telephone systems registered with the FCC under 47 C.F.R. Part 68 when not used in conjunction with centrex type and PBX systems. "Private residential switch service" typically includes, but is not limited to apartment complexes, condominiums, and campus or university environments where shared tenant service is provided and where the usage of the telecommunications service is primarily residential.
(Source: P.A. 88‑604, eff. 9‑1‑94; 89‑497, eff. 6‑27‑96.)

    (50 ILCS 750/2.18)
    Sec. 2.18. System provider. "System provider" means the contracted entity providing 9‑1‑1 network and database services.
(Source: P.A. 88‑604, eff. 9‑1‑94.)

    (50 ILCS 750/2.19)
    Sec. 2.19. 9‑1‑1 system. "9‑1‑1 system" means the geographic area that has been granted an order of authority by the Commission to use "9‑1‑1" as the primary emergency telephone number.
(Source: P.A. 88‑604, eff. 9‑1‑94.)

    (50 ILCS 750/2.20)
    Sec. 2.20. Private branch exchange. "Private branch exchange" or "PBX" means a private telephone system and associated equipment located on the user's property that provides communications between internal stations and external networks.
(Source: P.A. 92‑290, eff. 8‑9‑01.)

    (50 ILCS 750/3) (from Ch. 134, par. 33)
    Sec. 3. Every local public agency in a county having 100,000 or more inhabitants, within its respective jurisdiction, shall establish and have in operation within 3 years after the implementation date or by December 31, 1985, whichever is later, a basic or sophisticated system as specified in this Act. Other public agencies may establish such a system, and shall be entitled to participate in any program of grants or other State funding of such systems.
    The establishment of such systems shall be centralized to the extent feasible. Nothing in this Act shall be construed to prohibit or discourage in any way the formation of multijurisdictional or regional systems, and any system established pursuant to this Act may include the territory of more than one public agency or may include a segment of the territory of a public agency.
(Source: P.A. 81‑1509.)

    (50 ILCS 750/4) (from Ch. 134, par. 34)
    Sec. 4. Every system shall include police, firefighting, and emergency medical and ambulance services, and may include other emergency services, in the discretion of the affected local public agency, such as poison control services, suicide prevention services, and civil defense services. The system may incorporate private ambulance service. In those areas in which a public safety agency of the state provides such emergency services, the system shall include such public safety agencies.
(Source: P.A. 79‑1092.)

    (50 ILCS 750/5) (from Ch. 134, par. 35)
    Sec. 5. The digits "9‑1‑1" shall be the primary emergency telephone number within the system, but a public agency or public safety agency shall maintain a separate secondary seven digit emergency backup number for at least six months after the "9‑1‑1" system is established and in operation, and shall maintain a separate number for nonemergency telephone calls.
(Source: P.A. 85‑978.)

    (50 ILCS 750/6) (from Ch. 134, par. 36)
    Sec. 6. Capabilities of system; pay telephones. All systems shall be designed to meet the specific requirements of each community and public agency served by the system. Every system, whether basic or sophisticated, shall be designed to have the capability of utilizing at least 1 of the methods specified in Sections 2.03 through 2.06, in response to emergency calls. The General Assembly finds and declares that the most critical aspect of the design of any system is the procedure established for handling a telephone request for emergency services.
    In addition, to maximize efficiency and utilization of the system, all pay telephones within each system shall, within 3 years after the implementation date or by December 31, 1985, whichever is later, enable a caller to dial "9‑1‑1" for emergency services without the necessity of inserting a coin. This paragraph does not apply to pay telephones located in penal institutions, as defined in Section 2‑14 of the Criminal Code of 1961, that have been designated for the exclusive use of committed persons.
(Source: P.A. 91‑518, eff. 8‑13‑99.)

    (50 ILCS 750/6.1) (from Ch. 134, par. 36.1)
    Sec. 6.1. The Commission shall require that every 9‑1‑1 system be readily accessible to hearing‑impaired and voice‑impaired individuals through the use of telecommunications technology for hearing‑impaired and speech‑impaired individuals.
    As used in this Section:
        "Hearing‑impaired individual" means a person with a
     permanent hearing loss who can regularly and routinely communicate by telephone only through the aid of devices which can send and receive written messages over the telephone network.
        "Voice‑impaired individual" means a person with a
     permanent speech disability which precludes oral communication, who can regularly and routinely communicate by telephone only through the aid of devices which can send and receive written messages over the telephone network.
        "Telecommunications technology" means equipment that
     can send and receive written messages over the telephone network.
(Source: P.A. 87‑146.)

    (50 ILCS 750/7) (from Ch. 134, par. 37)
    Sec. 7. The General Assembly finds that, because of overlapping jurisdiction of public agencies, public safety agencies and telephone service areas, the Commission shall establish a general overview or plan to effectuate the purposes of this Act within the time frame provided in this Act. In order to insure that proper preparation and implementation of emergency telephone systems are accomplished by all public agencies in a county having 100,000 or more inhabitants within 3 years after the implementation date or by December 31, 1985, whichever is later, the Commission, with the advice and assistance of the Attorney General, shall secure compliance by public agencies as provided in this Act.
(Source: P.A. 81‑1122.)

    (50 ILCS 750/8) (from Ch. 134, par. 38)
    Sec. 8. The Commission, with the advice and assistance of the Attorney General, shall coordinate the implementation of systems established under this Act. The Commission, with the advice and assistance of the Attorney General, shall assist local public agencies and local public safety agencies in obtaining financial help to establish emergency telephone service, and shall aid such agencies in the formulation of concepts, methods, and procedures which will improve the operation of systems required by this Act and which will increase cooperation between public safety agencies.
(Source: P.A. 79‑1092.)

    (50 ILCS 750/9) (from Ch. 134, par. 39)
    Sec. 9. To accomplish the responsibilities specified in this Act, the Commission is directed to consult at regular intervals with the State Fire Marshal, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Transportation, the public utilities in this State providing telephone service, the Department of State Police, and the State Division of Forestry. Such agencies shall provide all necessary assistance and consultation to the Commission to enable it to perform its duties specified in this Act.
(Source: P.A. 84‑25.)

    (50 ILCS 750/10) (from Ch. 134, par. 40)
    Sec. 10. Technical and operational standards for the development of the local agency systems shall be established and reviewed by the Commission on or before December 31, 1979, after consultation with all agencies specified in Section 9.
(Source: P.A. 79‑1092.)

    (50 ILCS 750/10.1) (from Ch. 134, par. 40.1)
    Sec. 10.1. Confidentiality.
    (a) 9‑1‑1 information consisting of names, addresses and telephone numbers of telephone customers whose listings are not published in directories or listed in Directory Assistance Offices is confidential. Except as provided in subsection (b), information shall be provided on a call‑by‑call basis only for the purpose of responding to emergency calls. For the purposes of this subsection (a), "emergency" means a situation in which property or human life is in jeopardy and the prompt notification of the public safety agency is essential.
    (b) 9‑1‑1 information, including information described in subsection (a), may be used by a public safety agency for the purpose of placing out‑going emergency calls.
    (c) Nothing in this Section prohibits a municipality with a population of more than 500,000 from using 9‑1‑1 information, including information described in subsection (a), for the purpose of responding to calls made to a non‑emergency telephone system that is under the supervision and control of a public safety agency and that shares all or some facilities with an emergency telephone system.
    (d) Any public safety agency that uses 9‑1‑1 information for the purposes of subsection (b) must establish methods and procedures that ensure the confidentiality of information as required by subsection (a).
    (e) Divulging confidential information in violation of this Section is a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 92‑383, eff. 1‑1‑02.)

    (50 ILCS 750/10.2) (from Ch. 134, par. 40.2)
    Sec. 10.2. The Emergency Telephone System Board in any county passing a referendum under Section 15.3, and the Chairman of the County Board in any county implementing a 9‑1‑1 system shall ensure that all areas of the county are included in the system.
(Source: P.A. 87‑146.)

    (50 ILCS 750/10.3)
    Sec. 10.3. Notice of address change. The Emergency Telephone System Board in any county implementing a 9‑1‑1 system that changes any person's address (when the person whose address has changed has not moved to a new residence) shall notify the person (i) of the person's new address and (ii) that the person should contact the local election authority to determine if the person should re‑register to vote.
(Source: P.A. 90‑664, eff. 7‑30‑98.)

    (50 ILCS 750/11) (from Ch. 134, par. 41)