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Working for a clean energy future as easy as 1-2-3

The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) staffs more than 400 free events a year—which means just about every day the consumer group is somewhere in Illinois spreading an important message: clean energy = affordable energy. Jim’s a believer. He’s a frequent visitor to CUB events and recently dropped by our utility-bill…...

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In 2019, CUB celebrates 35 years of fighting for consumers

Remember how bad it was before the Citizens Utility Board (CUB)? It was the spring of 1983, and Gov.  “Big Jim” Thompson was in a packed theater in southern Illinois pitching a tax increase—but people were more interested in what he would do about utility bills. What he said sparked…...

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Scott overwhelmed by support from CUB members, staff

Scott Allen, CUB’s environmental outreach coordinator in Hillsboro, knew he had a tough road to recovery after a harrowing collision with a semi-truck. But the avid runner has put in the time at physical therapy, for a quicker return to the trails—and work. “The doctors told me that it would…...

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New milestone: $2.5 billion in consumer savings

CUB joined ComEd and Elevate Energy at the Shedd Aquarium today to celebrate an important milestone: $2.5 billion in consumer savings because of energy efficiency. But this milestone is just one step on the path to even bigger savings to come for Illinois customers. The Future Energy Jobs Act—historic energy…...

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BREAKING: Donations matched today!

BREAKING: Members of our board and other good friends have stepped to the plate and are matching donations today. A donation of $10 or more—whatever you can afford—will go into our legal defense fund to fight these battles: Challenging Nicor Gas’ $208.5 million rate-hike request. Fighting ComEd’s $96 million rate hike. (We’ve already…...

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We have a winner in our rate-hike battle survey giveaway!

Congratulations to Karen of Chicago, who won $100 off her utility bills after answering our recent survey asking people to choose the biggest rate-hike battle facing Illinois. (Nicor Gas’ $208.5 million rate hike was chosen.) Here’s how Karen responded to the news: “It feels great to win the giveaway… I am…...

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Join CUB’s Community Action Campaign

This June we’re challenging EVERYONE in Chicago to join CUB’s Community Action Campaign. In the battles below, Julie, CUB’s general counsel, is up against the best lawyers the utilities can buy. She can’t beat them alone, which is why you and your neighbors must join the fight. Remember they only win when…...

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LAST CHANCE to get $50 off your cellphone bill!

If you haven’t gotten a chance to take our survey about cellphone company satisfaction, this is your last opportunity. As a thank you for participating, one person will be randomly selected to get $50 off their cellphone bill!  Act now—what’s the most annoying thing about your cellphone plan?   ...

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Get your CUB pint glass TODAY!

Summer calls for celebrations, so it’s a perfect time to toast a historic victory that we accomplished together! Late last year, your activism (tens of thousands of messages sent to legislators) helped pass the Future Energy Jobs Act—and that’s good news for anyone committed to efficiency and lower utility bills.…...

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IL watchdogs sound the alarm on AT&T’s plan to eliminate landlines

Have you seen the headlines? This week, Illinois top consumer advocates held news conferences in seven cities across the state to fight bad legislation from AT&T. The company, which made $13 billion in profits in 2016, wants to end traditional home phone service (landlines) in its service territory—but consumer advocates…...

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