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IL energy, cable & phone companies made $17.7 billion in 2014

The parent companies of Illinois’ major electric, cable, natural gas and phone companies made a total of $17.7 billion in profits last year,  according to a CUB review of recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Comcast: The cable, phone and Internet giant saw its 2014 profits top $8.4 billion…...

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Early morning special includes utility bill help for Rockford group

By Samantha Vercellino Last Tuesday, the Rock Church Wellspring Seniors Group gobbled up eggs and pancakes while learning how to slash their utility bills by CUB experts. The Outreach Team was asked to join the group’s monthly breakfast by John and Mavis Readman of Rockford who have been CUB members…...

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ICC to launch Peoples investigation

Today, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) announced plans to investigate an expensive Peoples Gas’ pipe replacement program. Projected costs for the program have reportedly ballooned to $4.6 billion over the past five years and could cause YOUR rates to double in the next decade. CUB wants to thank the ICC for taking a stand…...

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How to save $650+ per year

Little steps can have a big impact on your pocketbook. Just ask Northbrook resident Tracey Becker, who slashed her power bills by 30 percent this year, in part by taking simple actions recommended by CUBEnergySaver.com, the Citizen Utility Board’s (CUB) free online service that builds a customized money-saving plan for your home.…...

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Say No to Exelon Boost!

A new bill introduced in the Illinois General Assembly could increase  Ameren and ComEd power bills— by $300 million per year! The bill would add a surcharge on to Illinois electric bills to boost Exelon’s nuclear power plants in the state.  All customers would have to pay the charge (which would…...

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CUB saves gas customer from $1,624.52 mistake

By Samantha Vercellino Candy a Downers Grove-area resident was surprised to see that her gas bill had gone through the roof. She called Nicor Gas, the regulated utility, only to get another surprise—another company was supplying her gas. Knowing she and her husband never authorized a switch, Candy called the…...

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Peoples disaster = Higher gas rates?

The Peoples Gas pipe replacement program is shaping up to be the biggest train wreck of 2015. Projected costs have reportedly doubled—to $4.6 billion—in five years. That could cause our gas rates to double over the next decade! Peoples had previously accelerated its schedule to replace 1,700 miles of aging pipes under the…...

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New boost? No way!

Recent survey results reveal that CUB Action Network members aren’t too keen on an Exelon proposal that could increase power bills by $300 million per year. Or, as one feisty member put it: “They are already ripping off the public with high rates. Enough is enough!” Crain’s Chicago Business reported last week…...

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Time’s up on CUB’s efficiency quiz!

By Samantha Vercellino Congratulations to Desiree Quinlan of Streamwood. She’s won a $25 Amazon gift card for putting her knowledge of household energy efficiency to the test. Last week, Desiree and more than 1,000 other participants were automatically entered into a drawing after taking CUB Energy Saver’s energy efficiency quiz.…...

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CUB/EDF propose an IL first: Community Solar

Power to the people, right on. -John Lennon Mr. Lennon would have appreciated the “community solar” proposal that CUB and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) have made before the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). The proposal would smash barriers that have kept families from enjoying the benefits of renewable energy. Imagine entire neighborhoods getting…...

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