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The “largest electric increase in state history”—unless Illinois passes CEJA

A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruling could increase power bills for most Illinois consumers by up to $864 million a year—what could be the largest electric increase in state history—unless the General Assembly passes the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) in 2020. (Read CUB’s statement.)  Here’s what you need to…...

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CUB’s 2019 free consumer guide collection

As part of our 35th anniversary celebration, CUB’s communications team has produced a series of free, money-saving guides throughout 2019. If you haven’t already, please order these publications, and we will immediately email you a free, printer-friendly copy. Saving on Cellphone Service – Annual spending for cellphone services increased by…...

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Bill Clinic Briefs: CUB member learns how she can save $260 a year 

Longtime CUB member Karen Kamis visited a CUB utility bill clinic in Streamwood a few weeks ago. This wasn’t her first visit to one of our clinics, but she likes getting her bills reviewed by someone with a trained eye. And this particular visit uncovered $260 a year in potential savings.…...

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May your days be merry and bright (but your electricity bills low)

As homes across Illinois deck the halls, people may not realize how costly their glittering holiday lights can be. Don’t let your electric bill become another unexpected item in your holiday budget. While it’s difficult to put an exact price tag on how much Americans pay every year to run…...

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CUB’s newest consumer guide tackles cellphone bills, service plans

CUB’s communications team has published a new guide for anyone tired of paying an arm and a leg for cellphone service. CUB’s Guide to Saving on Cellphone Service offers money-saving tips and helps readers find the right phone and service plan for their lifestyle. You can order a free copy…...

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Anti-robocall legislation passes House, moves to Senate vote

The House voted 417-3 to pass anti-robocall legislation on Wednesday, taking aim at the troublesome and unwanted automated phone calls.  The Pallone-Thune TRACED Act, named after its House and Senate sponsors (Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. and Sen. John Thune), now awaits a vote in the Senate. With bipartisan support in…...

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December 2019 gas prices drop from last year

Natural gas prices have risen since last month for many utilities, but they’re down across the board from last December — an early holiday gift for Illinois ratepayers. The price per therm you will pay for your natural gas in the month of December, also known as the Purchased Gas…...

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CUB in your community: December 2019 events

  It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Although you may be busy preparing for the holiday season, take some time to check out CUB’s December event schedule. Click on an event for time, location and possible registration. Monday, Dec. 2 – Granite City Utility Bill Clinic Monday, Dec.…...

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This Thanksgiving, we’re thankful for you

In this time of Thanksgiving, the CUB staff is thankful for you, our loyal supporters. We so appreciate your interest in fighting rate hikes, scams, annoying robocalls, and anything else that makes us pay more for telecom, gas, and electric service. Thank you! Because of your interest and involvement… Our…...

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Bill Clinic Briefs: Energy efficiency puts “money back in my pocket”

Some consumers come to our utility bill clinics looking for a trained set of eyes to scope out alternative supplier rip-offs or unnecessary charges. Other consumers, like Chuck, are hoping to get educated about energy efficiency. “I already look at our bills and scrutinize them,” he said at CUB’s clinic…...

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