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Last Chance to do Valentine’s Day Shopping!

By Samantha Vercellino Don’t have time to buy that special someone a Valentine’s Day gift? Luckily, you can do your last minute shopping online and support CUB at the same time. Shop at more than 250 popular retailers (like Amazon, Target and Nordstrom), and they will donate up to 20…...

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Comcast at it again?

Just when you think it can’t get any worse, news emerged this week of yet another Comcast customer service fiasco. Mary Bauer opened her bill last month to discover her bill had been addressed to “Super B***h Bauer.”   The Addison resident had previously spent nearly a year going back and forth with…...

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A resounding NO to ComEd-parent Exelon

We received a strong response to a recent Facebook poll about a potential plan in Springfield that could raise our power bills by up $580 million. ComEd-parent Exelon has made more than $21 billion in profits over the last decade, but now it says it might have to close three…...

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Tell AT&T: Have a Heart!

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we want to send a special message to AT&T: Have a heart and save our landlines! CUB is bracing for a huge battle in Springfield this year.  Big Telecom, led by AT&T, wants to eliminate the Illinois Telecom Act and end traditional home phone…...

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Déjà vu: Rate-hike edition

Ameren’s had $90 million in rate hikes since 2008, and now it wants more. In late January, Ameren Illinois filed for a $53 million natural gas rate hike, including  a return on equity (profit rate for shareholders) of more than 10 percent.  This is the same Ameren whose parent company earned more…...

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Update: Net Neutrality

Earlier this week, we talked about Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler’s announcement of plans to introduce strong protections in his upcoming proposal for rules on net neutrality.  Now, we have some more details on the plan, which promises to save the free and open Internet. The FCC released a statement this week…...

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Coalition: Improved efficiency, renewable energy standards could spark 30,000 jobs a year

For years, CUB has been saying that efficiency and renewable energy are good for our economy. Today, we’ve got numbers to back it up. At a news conference this morning, 55 business, environmental, labor and consumer advocacy leaders (including CUB Executive Director David Kolata) announced the formation of the Illinois…...

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The most important vote ever for net neutrality

In 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received more than 4 million comments on net neutrality from concerned consumers like you. You made your voice loud and clear: Don’t slow down my Internet. Now we’ve got proof that the pressure’s working. The FCC is considering reclassifying Internet Service Providers (ISPs)…...

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Congrats to CUB’s Love to Save Winner!

By Samantha Vercellino Congratulations, Pedro of Mount Prospect who beat out 274 consumers to win $100 off his utility bill AND a $50 Amazon gift card for practicing energy efficiency. Last week, Pedro and other consumers entered our energy efficiency contest. To qualify for the drawing, they had to join…...

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CUB helps consumer uncover pricey monthly fee

 By Samantha Vercellino When Starion Energy approached Valerie with a deal too good to be true, the Chicago resident listened to her gut and resisted the temptation to accept. Instead she headed to CUB’s award-winning website and uncovered a pricey monthly fee that the supplier failed to disclose. “The rate they…...

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