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Visit CUB’s 30th Anniversary Page!

20140424_HappyBirthday_blogIt’s CUB’s big 3-0!

Visit CUB’s 30th Anniversary page to read a message from Executive Director Dave Kolata, peruse heartwarming stories from Illinois consumers, and see a slideshow of CUB’s “greatest hits” through the years.

(Seriously, those pictures are not to be missed– especially if you want to see Illinois’ big players in action, or if you enjoy general cute-ness!)

CUB opened its doors in 1984 to represent the interests of residential and small-business utility customers.  Since then, we’ve had a hand in saving consumers more than $10 billion in landmark victories against the big utilities, including:

  • Preventing a $1.9 billion ComEd rate deal in 1987, securing a record $224 million in phone credits for consumers in 2002, and winning a record-breaking $100 million gas refund in 2006.
  • Launching helpful online tools like CUB’s Local Phone Cost-cutter, which has showed consumers how to save up to $10 million, and CUBEnergySaver.com, which has helped homes save an average of about $100 a year.
  • Notching legislative victories. Shortly after CUB opened its doors, the consumer group won landmark reforms to state utility laws. Regulators were now required to conduct audits of nuclear plant construction costs and to disallow imprudent spending. CUB also secured a record 20 percent electric rate cut under the 2007 electric restructuring law.
  • Consumer Education and Assistance. In 2013 alone, CUB held about 400 money-saving events, showing consumers how to cut bills by a total of $15,293. CUB also handled thousands of consumer complaints, helping people save a total of $16,800.

We’ll be celebrating these victories and more at our 30th Anniversary celebration on Monday, April 28th at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, where we will be joined by a special guest, Gov. Pat Quinn.  For more information or to RSVP, visit here.  Hope to see you then!