Ann McCabe was confirmed as a Commissioner of the Illinois Commerce Commission on May 17, 2012 following a March 16 appointment. She is an environmental regulatory professional with extensive industry, trade association and NGO contacts.
As the principal of Ann McCabe & Associates, Ann tracked petroleum-related regulatory issues in the Midwest, primarily Illinois and Indiana, prepared comments on state regulations, and wrote papers on how Midwest states attract and retain clean energy businesses. As Midwest Regional Director for The Climate Registry, Ann recruited companies and organizations to voluntarily track and report greenhouse gas emissions.
While a partner at Policy Solutions Ltd, Ann did policy analysis, advocacy and outreach on Great Lakes, green infrastructure and other environmental issues for trade association, corporate and non-profit clients. At the Delta Institute, Ann recruited businesses and institutions to reduce ozone-causing emissions through voluntary measures for the Clean Air Counts initiative. With US EPA Region 5 and Illinois EPA, she developed quantification metrics for emission reduction strategies.
Ann managed state and federal regulatory issues affecting refineries, chemical plants and fuels at Amoco and BP, including air-related gasoline issues in Midwest states and multi-disciplinary teams addressing EPA's proposed ozone and particulate matter standards and the Great Lakes Water Quality Initiative.
From 1986-1990, Ann was the State of Illinois' liaison to the Congressional delegation for natural resources, environment and nuclear issues in the Washington, DC office, where her primary focus was the Clean Air Act amendments. Prior to joining the DC office, Ann assisted the commissioners at the Illinois Commerce Commission and served as a state budget analyst in Springfield, Illinois.
Ann served on the Illinois Environmental Council board from 2002-March 2012. She was a founding member of the Foresight Sustainable Business Alliance and past president of West Lakeview Neighbors and Chicago Women in Government Relations.
Ann holds an M.A. in public policy from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in political science from Williams College.