CHICAGO – March 16, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today announced his appointment of Ann McCabe to the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). Today’s action is the latest in a series of appointments Governor Quinn will make as he continues to fulfill his commitment to creating jobs, economic development, and increasing efficiency and accountability in all areas of state government.
“Ann McCabe brings a wide range of experience to the commission, and I am confident her strong leadership will enhance the essential regulatory and consumer protections the ICC provides every day,” Governor Quinn said. “I look forward to Ann using her extensive expertise to make sure Illinois consumers of all sizes have reliable, safe and affordable public utility services.”
McCabe has 30 years of experience dealing with energy and environmental policy in government and the non-profit and private sectors. She is currently a principal in her own consulting firm where she has analyzed policies and regulations affecting fuels and refineries in Illinois, Indiana and across the Midwest. She previously served as Midwest regional director for The Climate Registry and assisted the city of Chicago with presenting its Climate Action Plan to the business community.
“It's an honor to be appointed to the Illinois Commerce Commission, and I would like to thank Governor Quinn,” Ms. McCabe said. “I look forward to helping ensure that Illinois balances the needs and interests of consumers and businesses across the state.”
Additionally, McCabe previously served as partner and treasurer of Policy Solutions Ltd, where she worked on environmental and energy-related projects for corporations, trade associations, non-profits and foundations. She also managed policy and regulatory issues for BP (formerly Amoco). Her prior Illinois government experience includes serving as a budget analyst responsible for the Department of Natural Resources, an assistant to an ICC commissioner and associate director of Illinois’ Washington D.C. office, where she developed positions on amendments to the federal Clean Air Act.
McCabe is a board member of the Illinois Environmental Council and a founding member of the Foresight Sustainable Business Alliance, as well as a past president of Chicago Women in Government Relations. She has a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a master’s degree in public policy from the Harris School at the University of Chicago.
The Illinois Commerce Commission acts as a bridge between consumers and Illinois’ utility companies, seeking an appropriate balance between the interests of consumers and service providers in order to ensure adequate, efficient, reliable, safe and low-cost public utility services for all citizens of Illinois.