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Research Project

Water Rate Setting in the Lake Michigan Service Area

Principal Investigator
Carroll, Deborah A.
Co-Principal Investigator
Albrecht, Kate
Research Area(s)
Energy and Water Policy
Government Finance Research
Research Report
Funding Source
Illinois General Assembly


In 2021, the Illinois General Assembly commissioned the Government Finance Research Center (GFRC) at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) to conduct a “Water Rate Setting Study.” This report is the first project deliverable and focuses on the Lake Michigan Service Area (LMSA). Throughout this study, the GFRC researchers received guidance from an advisory committee composed of representatives from state government agencies, municipal and private water utilities, environmental justice and consumer advocacy organizations, and others. Published June 30, 2023. Read the full report here.