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Citizens Utility Board’s Mid-Year Report

By Executive Director David Kolata In 2019, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) celebrates 35 years of fighting for Illinois consumers. We were a long shot when a handful of people led by pioneering Executive Director Sue Stewart began working for consumers in May of 1984. “Those who expect the citizens’…...

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‘Like magic’: Consumer Advocacy Department captures $108,000+ in savings

Each year, thousands of Illinois consumers contact CUB’s Consumer Advocacy Department (CAD), to ask a question or file a complaint about an electric, gas, or telecom/cable company behaving badly. In 2018 alone, the department saved people more than $108,000, including: • $62,082.76, for an apartment building that was the victim of…...

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CUB statement on Ameren Illinois’ proposed gas rate hike

STATEMENT BY CUB EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DAVID KOLATA:   Ameren Illinois has proposed a $46.6 million natural gas rate hike. CUB is reviewing the increase, and we will fight every nickel the company can’t justify. While we continue to analyze the proposed increase, we are pleased that Ameren is taking into consideration…...

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Scott overwhelmed by support from CUB members, staff

Scott Allen, CUB’s environmental outreach coordinator in Hillsboro, knew he had a tough road to recovery after a harrowing collision with a semi-truck. But the avid runner has put in the time at physical therapy, for a quicker return to the trails—and work. “The doctors told me that it would…...

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Future looks bright for solar in Illinois

By Martin Manov, CUB volunteer The state’s new Community Solar program offers a bright and clean future for Illinois. I, for one, have always been a strong advocate for clean energy and sustainability—and I’m not alone. “Going green” is a good investment, because it can lower energy costs and help…...

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New milestone: $2.5 billion in consumer savings

CUB joined ComEd and Elevate Energy at the Shedd Aquarium today to celebrate an important milestone: $2.5 billion in consumer savings because of energy efficiency. But this milestone is just one step on the path to even bigger savings to come for Illinois customers. The Future Energy Jobs Act—historic energy…...

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BREAKING: Donations matched today!

BREAKING: Members of our board and other good friends have stepped to the plate and are matching donations today. A donation of $10 or more—whatever you can afford—will go into our legal defense fund to fight these battles: Challenging Nicor Gas’ $208.5 million rate-hike request. Fighting ComEd’s $96 million rate hike. (We’ve already…...

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Join CUB’s Community Action Campaign

This June we’re challenging EVERYONE in Chicago to join CUB’s Community Action Campaign. In the battles below, Julie, CUB’s general counsel, is up against the best lawyers the utilities can buy. She can’t beat them alone, which is why you and your neighbors must join the fight. Remember they only win when…...

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How to make your home bearable in a heat wave

With potentially dangerous heat on the horizon as the summer months come into focus, CUB has tips on how residents can keep their homes cool, safe and energy efficient. Remember these to stay comfortable during the dog days of summer: –Raising your thermostat by only two degrees and using a…...

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Get your CUB pint glass TODAY!

Summer calls for celebrations, so it’s a perfect time to toast a historic victory that we accomplished together! Late last year, your activism (tens of thousands of messages sent to legislators) helped pass the Future Energy Jobs Act—and that’s good news for anyone committed to efficiency and lower utility bills.…...

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