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April ILCMA Professional Development Event & Metro Luncheon

Public Utilities – 2 sessions -1 event

Lead Service Lines: Regulations, Policy, and Outreach

The presentation will provide an in-depth exploration of the history and timeline of water service infrastructure, offering insights into its evolution and status. It will include a schematic of the water service system to visually illustrate its components and functionalities, alongside an overview of the regulatory landscape encompassing significant milestones such as the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR), Illinois Lead Service Line Replacement Notification Act (IL LSLRNA), and Lead Service Line Replacement Rule (LCRR). Emphasis will be placed on IL LSLRNA requirements, immediate and future, as well as key highlights from LCRR and Lead Copper Rule Implementation (LCRI), particularly focusing on verification requirements during inventorying.

Policy considerations will be a central theme, covering various replacement scenarios, the IDPH waiver process, and typical Lead Service Line Replacement (LSLR) costs. The presentation will delve into coordination and funding requirements, discussing financial responsibility and funding avenues like the IEPA SRF funding process, with attention to terms, availability, and disadvantaged community requirements. Additionally, it will explore planning and pre-design considerations, highlighting the significance of strategic planning in effectively addressing water service infrastructure challenges. Alongside policy discussions, the presentation will address critical aspects of community outreach and operational considerations, including public outreach/notification requirements, filter requirements for water quality and safety, resident coordination for LSLR and Temporary Construction Easements (TCE), and collaboration with consultants throughout the project phases to ensure seamless execution and project success. Other considerations, such as restoration policies, involvement of relevant departments, licensed plumber requirements, and the integration of technology for efficient documentation and management, will also be discussed.

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand the historical development and timeline of water service infrastructure, including key regulatory milestones such as the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR), Illinois Lead Service Line Replacement Notification Act (IL LSLRNA), and Lead Copper Rule Implementation (LCRI).
  2. Gain insights into policy considerations related to lead service line replacement (LSLR), including various replacement scenarios, the IDPH waiver process, and an overview of typical LSLR costs, as well as understanding coordination and funding requirements and exploring different policy options for financing, such as the IEPA SRF funding process.
  3. Learn about community outreach and operational considerations involved in LSLR projects, including public outreach/notification requirements, filter requirements for water quality and safety, and strategies for resident coordination during LSLR and Temporary Construction Easements (TCE), as well as understanding the coordination with consultants throughout the planning, design, and construction phases.
  4. Understand the logistical and regulatory aspects of LSLR projects, including typical contract documents and procedures, considerations for choosing between unit price and lump sum contracts, restoration policies, involvement of other relevant departments like Streets and the Building Department, licensed plumber requirements in alignment with the Illinois Plumbing Code, and the utilization of technology for efficient quantity tracking, documentation, and TCE management.


  • Julie A. Morrison, PE, Vice President, EEI
  • Timothy G. Holdeman, MS, Senior Project Manager / Director or Business Development, EEI
  • Kristen M. Meehan, PE, Senior Project Engineer II, EEI
Utility/Municipal Partnership Opportunities: EV and Beyond

Utilities and Municipalities serve the same public, but each operates with distinct purpose and under respective regulatory constructs. A mutual understanding of such can foster stronger public service partnerships on behalf of our customers. This session will provide an overview of ComEd, its regulatory constructs and the ComEd 2030 vision for advancing a low-carbon future in ways that benefit our communities and aligns with the commitment of Illinois lawmakers to create a cleaner energy future. Featured discussions will focus on ComEd municipal EV opportunities and materials that provide additional information, and basic process information for the key ComEd programs and processes that municipalities use. The presentation will also include an overview of our residential programs to assist municipal staff with responding to inquiries.

  1. Learn about ComEd and how regulations define how it operates on behalf of its customers, including the rise of climate change regulation
  2. Understand the five pillars of ComEd’s 2030 Clean Energy Vision
  3. Learn about different municipal EV opportunities:
    a. Rebates: EV and Make Ready
    b. EV Charging Rate Options
    c. BE Pilot
  4. Be able to describe at a high-level, ways to partner on ComEd processes for key municipal service requests. (Primary: New Business, Public Relocation, Economic Development; Secondary: Energy Efficiency, Large Customer Service)


  • Suzanna Strangmeier, External Affairs Manager, ComEd
  • Calandra Davis, External Affairs Manager, ComEd
  • Thomas Tumminaro, External Affairs Manager, ComEd

Addresses ICMA Practice Areas: 4 (Staff Effectiveness); 6 (Strategic Leadership);
13 (Human Resources Management and Workforce Engagement)

In Person Attendees:

Registration/check-in and continental breakfast begins at 9AM at NIU Naperville, E. 1120 Diehl Road, Naperville, IL

Zoom Access:

Zoom Access information will be emailed separately, to each registrant.  Note: Access will not be sent immediately following registration, but prior to the event date.


March Metro Luncheon:  Developing Resilience: The Secret to Living Your Best Life

By using Captain Sullenberger and “The Miracle on the Hudson” as an example, we learn about what it takes to be adaptable in an ever-changing environment.

Spend some time tapping into our own experience of resilient and non resilient people, what it’s like to work with them, serve them and what kind of people we set out to hire. Participants can begin to see ways that they may even be unknowingly resistant to change and might be contributing to low morale or production.

Sharing the research and science behind how we are hardwired as people, participants understand we are all capable of adapting to an ever changing world, if we work at it. Over time, adaptability becomes a habit so when the big shifts occur, we are able to respond with greater resilience.

Together we look at a few ways we can begin to develop that resilience in a practical way, to incorporate it into our daily practices.

In close, we spend time looking at the characteristics we acquire through the transformation of change.

Presenter Heidi Petersen is the Director of Global Training for RDR Group who trains audiences all over the world on diversity and inclusion, developing resilience, customer service, and leadership development. She has worked at all levels—including the top executive teams at Ford Motor Company, State Farm, Cisco Systems and CNA. She has also worked in numerous healthcare facilities, universities, and government agencies. Her strength as a facilitator includes her deep subject matter expertise and warm, engaging style. She creates space for conversation through storytelling and humor to engage participants in learning that leads to action – as learners are inspired to create new behaviors and approaches in the workplace. Heidi resides with her dog in the U.S. just north of Chicago, Illinois. She is the proud mother of 4 incredible humans that she affectionately calls her Lost Boys. In her spare time you will find her outside, enjoying the amazing scenery and culture the midwest has to offer every day. In addition to being a corporate trainer, Heidi is a vocalist, an avid reader, and a Disney fanatic

In Person Attendees:

Check-in and Networking begins at 11:30 AM at NIU Naperville, 1120 Diehl Road, Naperville, IL


Zoom Access:

Zoom Access information will be emailed separately, to each registrant.  Note: Access will not be sent immediately following registration, but prior to the event date.


  • Professional Development Event-In Person
    April 10, 2024
    9:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Zoom Access-Professional Development
    April 10, 2024
    9:30 am - 11:30 am
  • Metro Luncheon In-Person
    April 10, 2024
    11:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • Zoom Access Metro Presentation
    April 10, 2024
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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Venue Phone: 630-977-9101

Venue Website:

1120 E. Diehl Road, Naperville, Illinois, 60563, United States


1120 E. Diehl Road

Naperville, IL  60563


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