Lake County Partners IL Illinois first-rate utilities utility suppliers telecommunications water sewer natural gas

First-Rate Utilities

Companies in Illinois can choose their utility suppliers based on business needs and preferences. Below is a description of select utility services offered in Lake County.

Electricity transmission and distribution utilities in Lake County are served by ComEd. ComEd is part of the Exelon Corporation, headquartered in Chicago. The ComEd service territory covers 11,411 square miles in Northern Illinois. ComEd services approximately 70% of electricity customers in Illinois and the vast majority of the state’s industrial companies. ComEd’s transmission and distribution systems are very robust, with more than 5,000 miles of overhead transmission lines and approximately 42,400 miles of overhead distribution lines. ComEd is committed to safely delivering electricity throughout the 400+ communities it serves across Northern Illinois, including the City of Chicago. As a result of significant investment and long-term improvements over recent years, ComEd has dramatically reduced the average number of outages her year, and reliably met the needs of customers at a competitve cost. 


Lake County is served by AT&T, a diversified communications company, owning several of the world's leading data, voice and Internet services providers. Through world-class networks, AT&T provides a full range of voice, data, networking and e-business services. 

TDS Metrocom is a subsidiary of TDS Telecom and part of the TDS family of companies, a Chicago-based telecommunications corporation. Through its strategic business units, TDS Telecom and U.S. Cellular, TDS services customers in rural and suburban markets around the country.

Comcast is the the country’s largest provider of cable services and one of the worlds’s leading communications companies. Focused on broadband cable, commerce, and content, Comcast delivers digital services, provides faster Internet and clearer broadband phone service, and develops and delivers innovative programming to Lake County businesses and residents.

DIRECTV provides satellite TV service to over 20 million customers nationwide and offers hundreds of all-digital TV channels and advanced telecommunications technology. 

Exede is a leading satellite internet provider, and was recognized by the FCC for delivering on the fastest advertised internet speeds.

HughesNet is North America's largest consumer satellite internet network provider and has over 40 years of experience in the industry.  

Natural Gas

Nicor Gas is one of the nation's largest gas distribution companies and has provided safe and reliable natural gas services for more than 50 years. The company serves more than 2.1 million customers in a service territory that encompasses most of the northern third of Illinois, excluding the city of Chicago.

Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas are a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc., Its gas distribution businesses serve about 1 million retail customers in Chicago and northeastern Illinois. 

Direct Energy is a provider of electricity, gas and maintainance services in Illinois. 


The Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency (CLCJAWA) is composed of 12 communities in Lake County, Illinois.  The system is the third largest Lake Michigan water treatment system in Illinois and the first new water treatment facility constructed along Lake Michigan in more than 40 years.

The North Shore Sanitary District (NSSD) is a municipal body which was organized in 1914 under the North Shore Sanitary District Act of 1911. The NSSD owns and operates more than 100 miles of intercepting sewer lines and pumping stations which collect and convey wastewater from local sewer systems to wastewater treatment plants in Gurnee, Waukegan, and Highland Park, Illinois. Additional NSSD facilities include the NSSD Sludge Recycling Facility in Zion, the Administration Building and Laboratory in Gurnee, and the Maintenance Building in Waukegan.

The Lake County Department of Public Works' primary responsibility is to provide water and sanitary sewer service to widely distributed portions of Lake County.  In total, the Lake County Department of Public Works provides service to more than 20,000 customers who are billed directly for water service and/or sanitary sewer service.




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