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Hot off the presses: CUB’s newly update Guide to Fighting Robocalls

Can you believe fraudulent robocalls rob people of about $9.5 billion a year? Disgusting! We’re always on the front lines protecting consumers from higher bills—so please consider ordering our FREE and newly updated Guide to Fighting Robocalls. ...

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CUB takes on unnecessary charges, water privatization, modem rental fees

By Bryan McDaniel, Director of Governmental Affairs Construction season has not yet begun, so the drive to Springfield is a smooth (dare I say almost enjoyable) ride during these first couple weeks of the Illinois General Assembly’s session. Before I jinx it by talking too much about it, let me…...

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Sources for CUB’s Guide to Fighting Robocalls

You can order CUB’s Guide to Fighting Robocalls here. Below is a list of the sources the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) researched to write the guide:  “7 ways to finally end robocalls.” The Kim Komando Show. 25 Jan, 2019. https://www.komando.com/columns/458656/7-ways-to-finally-end-robocalls. “Android Robocall Blocking.” CTIA – What is a Small Cell?…...

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Don’t let the big water companies silence you

This time of year, CUB’s at the State Capitol—and today we need your help to take on the big water companies. We hear a lot of complaints about high rates from Aqua and Illinois American, the state’s two biggest private water corporations. Unfortunately, Illinois law permits them to buy any…...

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CUB study finds big savings for EV drivers with special Ameren pricing plan

A new study by CUB found that electric vehicle drivers in Central and Southern Illinois could potentially save hundreds of dollars a year in charging costs if they participate in an Ameren Illinois program called Power Smart Pricing. “Charge for Less: An Analysis of Electricity Pricing for Electric Vehicles in…...

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Memes, graphic novellas, Instagram, oh my! — Northwestern students help CUB rethink its educational tools 

Who knew that memes, social media and graphic novellas could be used to break down and simplify utility concepts like capacity markets and legislation like the Clean Energy Jobs Act? Thanks to a partnership with PhD and Masters students in the “Introduction to Design in Learning Sciences” course at Northwestern…...

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Nexamp and Clearway: Two new community solar offers available to Illinois consumers

In this article, we’ll break down the terms and conditions of two community solar offers advertised by Nexamp and Clearway. Let’s start with the basics  What is “community solar”? Community solar is an exciting new program in Illinois that can help reduce your electric bill while supporting the development of new solar…...

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Clean energy and your utility bills: Learn more at a February CUB event

Do you have questions about your gas, electric or phone bills? Have you thought about going solar but need more information? Ever wondered what things you could do to help make your home more energy efficient? Attend one of CUB’s events this month to learn more. Check out our February…...

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Consumer alert: AT&T phasing out low-income internet program

AT&T is phasing out its Access program after four years of offering discounted high-speed Internet and Wi-Fi service to eligible consumers. AT&T will no longer be taking Access applications after April 2020. However, people who sign up between now and April 2020 are still eligible for a year of Access…...

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Natural gas prices continue 2020 downward trend

The weather outside may be cold, wet and windy, but there’s cause for celebration – most Illinois consumers natural gas prices have declined for the second consecutive month. Compared to a year ago, we’re paying less across the board for natural gas. The price per therm you will pay for…...

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