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Midnight deadline: Last call to take quick poll

Memorial Day weekend is over but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Take our summer quick poll before midnight tonight, and you could walk away $100 richer! Entering the quick poll is simple. All you have to do is vote for the biggest energy hog in your house,…...

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What we’re up against? $6 billion in higher rates!

In the first half of 2016, here’s what our legal and policy teams are up against: Energy giant Exelon is ramping up the pressure in Springfield to raise our electric bills by up to $1.6 billion over five years. We helped win a U.S. Supreme Court battle to stop power generators…...

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CUB asks IL residents: What’s your worst utility bill? (Answer our poll, and you could win a smart thermostat!)

CUB wants to crown Illinois’ worst utility bill—and give one lucky Illinois resident a high-tech tool to help slash home energy costs. For most of April (Earth Month), Illinoisans can answer this quick poll: What is your worst bill?                 Everyone who answers the…...

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Fight unfair utility legal fees

A CUB review of recent rate-hike cases found that Illinois utilities have slapped their customers with more than $40 million in legal fees, meaning the hard-earned cash consumers burn on their utility bills actually bankrolls corporate legal teams battling to increase those same bills. But CUB is pushing new legislation…...

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Winners of CUB’s giveaway take home smart thermostats

Congratulations to Thomas, of Walnut, and Richard, of Mount Prospect, on winning CUB’s smart thermostat giveaway. The two lucky winners beat out more than 2,000 other participants to take home the free, money-saving devices valued at about $250. For Thomas, who is in the process of moving to Putnam, winning the smart thermostat means he can…...

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EIA: ‘U.S. households will pay the lowest…gas bills this winter in more than a decade’

Aside from this week’s brutal cold, warmer-than-normal winter weather is a big reason natural gas prices have plunged. Over the last four months, average prices for the major utilities have dropped by as much as 49 percent. “U.S. households will pay the lowest heating oil and natural gas bills this winter in…...

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Saved from a high phone bill, retiree says: ‘Illinois consumers need CUB’

By Samantha Vercellino Last October, Chicago retiree Cassandra packed her bags and moved across town to the West Side of the city. She welcomed the change in scenery until she found out a new address also meant she had to switch to pricey digital phone service. Before the move, she…...

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A ‘greener’ take on this year’s holiday gift giving

By Samantha Vercellino Gift shopping can be stressful, especially when the holiday is right around the corner. But don’t fret; we’ve put together a list of our five favorite “green” gifts of 2015! Smart Crock-Pot: Unlike most slow cookers, the Smart Crock-Pot is Wi-Fi enabled which allows users to adjust its temperature…...

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#GivingTuesday kicks off today!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone. Now it’s time to welcome Giving Tuesday—a global day dedicated to giving back. We’re celebrating this special day by sharing a few stories of how our consumer advocacy team comes to the rescue of Illinois consumes every day. In 2015, the team…...

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CUB helps Chicago landlord out of $1,048 electric mistake

By Samantha Vercellino Hoping to get the property’s electric service switched back to his name, the Chicago landlord immediately called ComEd to sort out the details. According to Mark, a company representative claimed it would be an easy fix. However, two days later, Mark was hit with a $1,048 power bill.…...

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