JULIE has been protecting Illinois communities for 50 years by providing a free notification service for homeowners and professional excavators to use to request the location of underground utilities before they dig. 

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50 Years Of JULIE

For five decades, JULIE has worked alongside utility companies to preserve the infrastructure that carries critical services like electricity, natural gas, water, communications, Internet, and more to homes, farms and businesses across the state of Illinois. Our employees perform the vital role of connecting homeowners, contractors, municipalities, and others with utility companies to reduce damages to underground utility lines, limit service interruptions, prevent personal injury, and…most importantly… save lives. Join us in celebrating 50 years of JULIE by doing your part. Contact JULIE before you dig. Every project. Every time.

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JULIE Milestones

JULIE was created in 1974 by partners Illinois Bell Telephone, Natural Gas Pipeline, Northern Illinois Gas, and Commonwealth Edison. Since the organization’s beginnings serving Will County, many JULIE milestones have occurred. In 1976, the JULIE system was accepted by the ICC and in 1980 JULIE expanded its coverage to all of Illinois with the exception of the City of Chicago. In 1991, the Illinois General Assembly enacted the Illinois Underground Utility Facilities Damage Prevention Act and in 1992 we built a state-of-the-art communications facility in Joliet. The future is sure to hold more JULIE milestones as we continue to streamline our processes.

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The JULIE Legacy

JULIE is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting the residents of Illinois…the gardeners, do-it-yourselfers, excavators, farmers, home and land owners…by making safe digging in Illinois a priority. Five decades ago, the JULIE legacy was forged in the trenches and beneath city streets with sweat and determination. As we’ve witnessed the transformation of landscapes and the evolution of technology over the years, JULIE has remained the foundation for safe digging in Illinois. Today, we continue to innovate, pioneer and shape the JULIE legacy so that our state’s most valued resources—our neighbors, our families, our friends—stay safe.

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Always Contact JULIE Before You Dig

As we reflect on the first 50 years of JULIE, know that our commitment to responsible excavation and protecting the citizens of Illinois has not only endured, it has strengthened. We continue to act as the single system that notifies utility companies to come out and mark where their underground utility lines are located. So, whether you’re planting, building, adding, or fixing anything outdoors, all you have to do is contact JULIE before you dig—it’s FREE and we are available to take your request 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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