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First ComEd, now AT&T fined for corruption: Phone company used bribery to help pass anti-landline legislation

AT&T has been fined $23 million as part of an ongoing federal criminal investigation that revealed the telecom giant’s illegal efforts to help pass legislation that made phone service less reliable and more expensive in Illinois.AT&T now joins ComEd as the second major Illinois utility caught up in a corruption…...

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Take part in our clean energy scavenger hunt, you could win big!

For Energy Awareness Month, we’re holding a “Clean Energy Scavenger Hunt” for a chance to win $100.   Fossil fuel prices are skyrocketing right now, but we hope this challenge is a positive reminder of how energy efficiency and other clean energy efforts can lower bills. And one lucky person will…...

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RSVP now! CUB’s online supporter celebration set for November

Thank you so much for your support of the Citizens Utility Board and our mission of advocating on behalf of Illinois utility customers. We want to invite you to a special online event celebrating our history, our work and our supporters.  Save the date:  The Power of CUB, A Virtual…...

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Winter heating season is here, and so are painfully high October gas prices

We’re officially at the start of  the heating season and Illinois faces a painful winter. One report estimates a 17 percent jump in heating costs this winter, and another says 1 in 6 Americans are already struggling to keep up with their utility bills.  “All indications are that gas bills…...

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October ‘jam-packed’ with money-saving CUB events

It’s officially winter heating season and the best time to prepare your home for cold weather is now. Below you will find a jam-packed schedule of free CUB events this month that can help you improve energy efficiency at home and protect your bottom line. We hope to see you!…...

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Warning: Two new scams targeting Illinois consumers

At a time of soaring energy prices and high costs across the board, fraudsters will take advantage of the situation to try to get more of your money. Be on the lookout for these two new scams. 1) Utility imposter scams. Ameren Illinois officials are warning customers of a recent…...

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Illinois solar energy is spreading thanks to group buy programs

Thanks to the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) and the Inflation Reduction Act, we’re in an exciting time for solar energy in Illinois. With our partner the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, the Grow Solar group buy program is helping property owners across Illinois take the first steps toward lower…...

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Attorney General Raoul urges Commerce Commission to order Commonwealth Edison pay customers larger refunds

News Release from Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Sept. 20, 2022 – Attorney General Kwame Raoul, along with the city of Chicago and the Citizens Utility Board (CUB), filed an application for rehearing requesting the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) revisit its Aug. 17 decision ordering Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) to refund $38…...

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With high gas prices steady, all signs point to another costly winter

CUB urges Illinois utility customers to brace themselves for another costly winter heating season. About 80 percent of Illinois homes heat with natural gas, and last winter was their most expensive since 2008-09, with many customers paying hundreds of dollars more to heat their homes. Natural gas prices have doubled…...

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Upcoming CUB events in September 2022

As we get closer to the winter heating season, it’s time to start thinking of cooler weather and preparing your home for it. Below you will find a jam-packed schedule of free CUB events this month that can help you improve energy efficiency at home and protect your bottom line.…...

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