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Feb 09, 2017, 10:23 ET CUB Launches Online Center To Help Chicago-Area Consumers Avoid Rip-Offs From Unregulated Natural Gas Suppliers

Faced with a 65 percent increase in complaints and questions about unregulated natural gas suppliers this winter, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB)...


Feb 07, 2017, 13:34 ET Statement By CUB Executive Director David Kolata: FERC Victory Good News For Central, Southern IL

CUB is pleased that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has rejected a plan that potentially could have cost Central and Southern...


Dec 16, 2016, 16:07 ET CUB Offers Its First-Ever Guide To Help Pay-TV Customers Save Money, As IL Polls Show Strong Backing For Cheaper TV Options

Reacting to public opinion polls it conducted that show Illinois consumers are hungry for lower cable/satellite TV bills, the Citizens Utility...


Sep 27, 2016, 10:36 ET Statement By CUB Executive Director David Kolata On ICC Passage Of New Consumer Protections For Electric Customers

We are pleased that the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) has passed new rules to strengthen consumer protections against misleading and confusing...


Aug 23, 2016, 11:33 ET Statement From CUB Executive Director David Kolata On Successful Launch Of Ameren Illinois Peak Time Rewards Program

 "Many Illinoisans probably don't think it's possible to save money on their electric bills during hot summer days, but thousands did recently,...


Aug 18, 2016, 12:09 ET CUB: AT&T Offers $10/Month High-Speed Internet For Low-Income Families

Low-income families in Illinois may be eligible to get high-speed Internet for $10 per month, under a new offer from AT&T, the Citizens Utility...


Aug 12, 2016, 12:23 ET CUB: Proposed Ameren Illinois Rate Cut Should Be Doubled

A rate cut that Ameren Illinois has proposed for 2017 should be doubled, to a decrease of about $30 million, according to expert testimony...


Jul 22, 2016, 11:31 ET CUB Urges Residents To Stay Safe, Cool During Dangerous Heat

With potentially dangerous heat in the Chicago region, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) released tips on how residents can keep their homes cool,...


May 05, 2016, 13:00 ET Consumer Victory: Complaint By AG Madigan And CUB Results In Settlement That Would End Unregulated Nicor Affiliates From Using Utility Name/Logo

Nicor Advanced Energy—an unregulated gas supplier that has sparked complaints from confused customers whose gas bills went up—will...


Jan 25, 2016, 18:15 ET Statement By CUB Executive Director David Kolata On Today's Supreme Court Victory For Electric Customers

 Today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling in support of a money-saving efficiency program called Demand Response is a slam dunk for electricity...


Dec 10, 2015, 12:59 ET Statement By CUB Executive Director David Kolata On ComEd Rate Cut

"According to the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), Commonwealth Edison customers on Jan. 1 will receive a delivery rate reduction of about $67...


Nov 19, 2015, 08:46 ET CUB Analysis: Shopping For Gas Supplier Big Gamble In IL Market

Nine of 10 offers marketed by alternative natural gas suppliers since 2003 have been money-losers, according to the Citizens Utility Board's Gas...


Dec 18, 2014, 17:26 ET IL Consumer Advocates Prepare To Battle Big Telecom

Consumer advocates this week united to block an expected legislative push by big telecom companies that would allow for the elimination of low-cost...


Dec 10, 2014, 16:50 ET Statement By CUB Executive Director David Kolata On Ameren And ComEd Rate Hikes

"Today, ComEd and Ameren received a total of about $376 million in rate hikes (reportedly $239 million for ComEd and about $137 million for...


Oct 27, 2014, 11:21 ET Spooky! CUB Releases List Of Worst Customer Service Horror Stories, Tips On Avoiding Consumer Nightmares

 With Halloween just around the corner, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) has released its list of the worst customer service horror stories,...


Oct 01, 2014, 13:39 ET CUB Alerts Smart Meter Customers To Risk-Free Rebate Plan

 As Illinois' electricity grid undergoes the most significant revamp in its history, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) on Wednesday alerted...


Sep 12, 2014, 17:49 ET CUB, EDF Push For Comprehensive Smart Grid Metric On Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) have filed a petition asking state regulators to strengthen a metric that...


Sep 09, 2014, 12:35 ET "I Love CUB" Photo Contest Gives Illinoisans Opportunity To Show Off Hometowns For Chance To Win $300

In honor of the Citizen Utility Board's 30th Anniversary, the watchdog organization is hosting an "I Love CUB" photo contest to give Illinois...


Jun 25, 2014, 10:23 ET CUB And City Of Chicago Launch Free Calculator To Give Chicago Power Customers Better Information About Their Electricity Choices

Expecting questions about the new electricity deal negotiated by the City of Chicago and Integrys Energy Services, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB)...


May 13, 2014, 18:29 ET CUB Report Warns Of Rip-Offs As IL Power Market Undergoes Major Changes

Amid a 115 percent jump in consumer complaints about unregulated electricity suppliers, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) released a report Tuesday...


Apr 01, 2014, 10:20 ET CUB Warns Chicago Region: Beware Of Bad Deals In Gas Market

Sparked by a six-fold increase in complaints about unregulated natural gas suppliers in 2014, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) on Tuesday issued a...


Feb 26, 2014, 18:14 ET Statement By Citizens Utility Board (CUB) Executive Director David Kolata On The Peoples/North Shore Gas Rate-Hike Request

Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas asked the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) today for a combined rate increase of $136 million per year (about...


Oct 14, 2013, 12:54 ET CUB Report: Weather Extremes Make IL Homes Top National Energy User, But Utility Programs Offer Up To $37 Million/Year In Savings

Ahead Of Winter Bill Spike, Cub Releases Free Guide On Money-Saving Programs  Weather extremes help rank Illinois among the nation's top...


Oct 11, 2013, 12:44 ET CUB To Unveil Report Showing Illinois Homes As Top National Energy User, Outline Millions Of Dollars In Efficiency Savings

In the wake of federal data showing that Illinois households are among the nation's top energy guzzlers, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB)...


Oct 02, 2013, 13:15 ET Statement By CUB Executive Director David Kolata On State Appellate Court Decision Upholding $37 Million ComEd Refund

"We have good news for consumers at the end of a long legal fight that dates back to a 2007 rate case. The Illinois Appellate Court has upheld a...