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Apr 05, 2018, 17:40 ET IL Watchdogs Call For Market Reforms To Fight Energy Rip-Offs

Spurred by unprecedented financial losses among electric customers across Illinois, AARP Illinois and the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) are asking...


Mar 19, 2018, 18:01 ET CUB: 5 Questions You Should Ask About Your Utility Bills

As spring begins and Illinois takes a step closer to the summer cooling season, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) issued tips on the five questions...


Feb 26, 2018, 15:40 ET CUB: Proposed State Law Aims To Quash Spending Abuses By Peoples Gas In Bloated Pipe-Replacement Program

A new bill pending in the Illinois General Assembly would eliminate the mechanism Peoples Gas has used to bankroll a pipe-replacement program...


Feb 16, 2018, 18:36 ET Statement By CUB Executive Director David Kolata Alerting Ameren Illinois Customers To Proposed Gas Rate Hike

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...


Feb 09, 2018, 13:32 ET CUB Issues Tips For A Snow Day

With a winter storm warning over the Chicago region on Friday and many children home from school, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) issued tips on...


Feb 01, 2018, 12:51 ET CUB Statement On Nicor Gas Rate Hike

The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) has voted 5-0 to give Nicor Gas a $137.1 million rate hike. We are pleased that Nicor did not get the $208.5...


Dec 15, 2017, 13:40 ET CUB Releases Its First-Ever Internet Privacy Guide To Help IL Consumers Avoid Online Crooks And Scam Artists During Holidays And Beyond

For the first time in its three-decade history, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) said Friday it has released a guide on internet privacy to help...


Oct 10, 2017, 13:15 ET Statement By CUB Executive Director David Kolata On Clean Power Plan Roll Back

The following is a statement by CUB Executive Director David Kolata on the Environmental Protection Agency's announcement Tuesday that it would...


Jul 01, 2017, 11:28 ET Statement By CUB Executive Director David Kolata On Veto Of SB 1839

We thank Gov. Bruce Rauner for his veto of Senate Bill 1839. This legislation would have hurt people who depend on a landline as their most...


May 25, 2017, 15:49 ET Top Watchdog Urges Illinois House To Fix AT&T Legislation

A day after AT&T-backed legislation passed the state Senate, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) urged the Illinois House to fix the...


Apr 19, 2017, 15:01 ET Watchdogs Warn Legislation Could Strip AT&T's Most Vulnerable Customers Of Affordable, Reliable Phone Service

AT&T is pushing state legislation that would lead to the end of traditional home phone service in its Illinois territory, and could...


Mar 23, 2017, 13:05 ET Statement By CUB Executive Director David Kolata On $17 Million ComEd Rate Cut

We thank the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) for approving a $17.5 million Commonwealth Edison rate cut. This is good news for ComEd customers....


Mar 01, 2017, 16:05 ET Statement By CUB Executive Director David Kolata On ICC's Vote To Continue Investigation Of Peoples Gas Pipe Program

Today, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) voted unanimously to hold additional hearings and gather more information on the mismanaged Peoples...


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...