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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)...

Jun 11, 2014, 14:31 ET

City of Chicago Joins CUB to Request ICC Probe of Power Market

The City of Chicago and the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) on Wednesday formally requested an Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) probe of the...

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...

Mar 12, 2014, 12:20 ET

CUB Alerts Illinois Consumers About Free Guide Ahead Of March 18 Electricity Referenda

The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) has a free guide for voters as scores of Illinois communities prepare to hold March 18 referenda asking residents...

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...

Jul 30, 2013, 13:23 ET

CUB Asks: What's The Best 'Energy Song' Ever? Contest To Raise Energy Awareness, Reward $100 Of Free Power

One of the state's top consumer groups hopes to spark awareness about energy bills and how to cut them with a contest for utility...

Jul 19, 2013, 13:44 ET

Presence Health Launches Energy-Efficiency Contest To Help Area Households Go Green, Cut Utility Bills

 Up to $900 of free electricity is top prize as 10 hospitals participate in a friendly competition to help Chicago-area homes go green and...

Jun 18, 2013, 11:30 ET

Amid Smartphone Boom, New CUB/Validas Analysis Reveals Illinois Cellphone Customers Overpay By $1.4 Billion A Year On Data

As smartphone ownership rockets to all-time highs, Illinois cellphone users pay a steep price for surfing the Web, wasting $1.4 billion a year on...

May 09, 2013, 11:57 ET

CUB Warns Of Scammers Posing As ComEd Employees

The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) issued a consumer alert on Thursday warning Commonwealth Edison customers about a growing scam in which con...

Apr 30, 2013, 12:06 ET

CUB Pioneers Spanish-Language Website Focused On Helping Illinois Hispanic Community With Concerns About Utility Service

After more than a year of programming and translation, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) for the first time in its three-decade history is offering...