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Like music to her ears : CUB helps violin instructor slash phone bill by $81

Imelda Kaminski, a violin instructor who’s been playing the instrument for 60 years, depended on her home phone service even more after her husband underwent spinal surgery—with all the calls to family, friends and doctors. Her husband’s recovery was her only concern until her AT&T bill arrived. It had soared…...

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CUB’s 2016 year in review

Thanks to your generous support, CUB helped saved Illinois consumers some $35 million in 2016, and we secured a major victory in Springfield. But we have more battles in the new year.  Policy Team: Efficiency victory in Springfield CUB helped pass the Future Energy Jobs Bill (Senate Bill 2814). We supported…...

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CUB, NBC 5 Help a Couple Get a $1,500 Refund

By Sagar Dommaraju If you’re looking for a good reason to read your electricity and gas bills, just check out Vicki and Jim Pelton’s story.  The retired Ottawa couple overpaid by $1,500, until CUB and a TV station worked to get them a full refund after 17 months of inflated…...

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Renew your CUB membership in April!

CUB has launched its April renewal campaign to get support for $6 billion in rate-hike battles. Energy giant Exelon is ramping up the pressure in Springfield to raise ComEd/Ameren power bills by up to $1.6 billion over the next five years. ComEd has filed for a $138 million rate hike.…...

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First Quarter Report: $58,828 in Consumer Savings

While CUB’s legal and policy teams fought $6 billion in higher rates in the first quarter of 2016, the consumer advocacy and outreach departments were busy too, helping consumers save an estimated $58,828.08. According to CUB records, the outreach department–which holds money-saving events across Illinois–showed consumers how to cut their utility…...

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What we’re up against? $6 billion in higher rates!

In the first half of 2016, here’s what our legal and policy teams are up against: Energy giant Exelon is ramping up the pressure in Springfield to raise our electric bills by up to $1.6 billion over five years. We helped win a U.S. Supreme Court battle to stop power generators…...

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CUB’s top 5 money-saving cases from 2015

Over the years, CUB has helped save consumers an astounding $20 billion—an accomplishment that would be impossible to meet without our consumer advocates. In 2015 alone, the consumer advocacy team generated $30,000 in savings for individual consumers who called us with a utility complaint, according to CUB records. That’s why…...

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