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Special message: Your next rate hike

An issue we’ve been talking about for more than a year is about to erupt into one of the biggest battles we’ve ever had to protect our electric bills—and we wanted to warn you about it. Here’s the summary: At the end of this month, Cheryl LaFleur is retiring from…...

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Important info for Ameren Illinois customers

This is just a reminder that Ameren Illinois’ power price has dropped significantly, so it’s likely that price is beating most community power deals across Central and Southern Illinois. Ameren Illinois’ price is 4.561 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) through September, and we’re not expecting it to change much during the…...

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Q&A: The biggest consumer battle of 2019

For more than a year now, CUB has been sounding the alarm about a potential ruling at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that could raise ComEd power bills by up to $500 million a year. There have been delays in that ruling, but we now believe it is imminent. There is…...

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CUB “helped save my company from bankruptcy” with $82,000 credit

Devin B. won’t ever forget the monster ComEd bills he feared would bankrupt his small business before it even started. In March, ComEd told him he had used 293,106 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity. That’s about 2,400 times his typical usage. His bill, which usually hovered around $100, ballooned to $44,226.…...

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Don’t let Sen. McConnell kill net neutrality

This year, the U.S. House of Representatives listened to the 86% of Americans across the political spectrum who want net neutrality protections back, and passed the Save the Internet Act. The bill would restore internet consumer protections federal regulators killed in 2017, but it’s going nowhere. In fact, it was…...

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Biggest bank hack ever

Tell Congress: Protect my private data now If there’s any time to urge Congress to do more to protect our personal information, it’s now. Capital One just announced that a hacker got her hands on the personal information of 106 million customers. That includes credit scores, bank account numbers and…...

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Why is Peoples Gas giving $7 million back to customers?

What happened? The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) announced in July that Peoples Gas has agreed to give about $7.2 million back to its customers.   Why is Peoples Gas giving money back to consumers? It’s connected to a review of 2015 costs of the utility’s troubled pipeline-replacement program, called the System…...

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Enter CUB’s Photo Challenge and you could win $100!

  Ready for a challenge that could win you $100? Enter our 35th Anniversary Photo Challenge! Snap a photo with this poster. You can include family members, like your kids or grandkids, a favorite family pet—or even an Illinois landmark. (The Chicago Bean? The Lincoln statue at the State Capitol?…...

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What CUB caught at a recent utility-bill clinic

At CUB utility-bill clinics across the state, we talk to a lot of people  who are, unfortunately, paying a painfully high rate with an alternative supplier. Recently we met Elibrando , who was being charged more than double ComEd’s rate. Elibrando came to a CUB clinic to find out why…...

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CUB in your neighborhood: August 2019 events

There’s just a few weeks of summer left, but you can catch CUB’s Outreach team on the road all year long. As part of CUB’s 35th Anniversary, we’re aiming to staff at least 500 events in 2019. This “Clean Bill Campaign” focuses on cleaning consumers’ bills of errors and areas…...

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