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Some Illinois farmers believe the current 8-1-1 system to help locate underground pipelines, phone lines and other buried utility cables beneath farmland needs some improvements. 

 

JULIE stands for Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators, and some farmers like Jeff Kirwan say finding precise information about what's under land can be a challenge;

 

 

A little over a year ago, two farmers died when they struck a high-pressure gas line in northern Illinois. Kirwan, who also serves as a director on the Illinois Farm Bureau board, says since farmland often lacks a specific addresses a different way to I-D utility lines is needed;

 

 

The U-S Department of Transportation has federal and Illinois Commerce Commission state oversight over underground utility lines.

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