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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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Fight electric price-gouging: Support HB 3038

The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) needs your help urging state legislators to pass a bill that shady electric suppliers don’t want. This bill combats a major problem in Illinois: electricity suppliers that price-gouge customers with bad deals. (We’ve seen customers paying up to five times the utility rate—sad.) The bill,…...

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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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Move to Miami? Here’s what you do to battle the cold!

We were overwhelmed with responses to our October poll asking people to share their best winter efficiency tip. We randomly selected one respondent–Jack, from Evanston–to win $100. His tip turned out to be one of the most unique out of the 200+ responses we received. Jack said he has a “long,…...

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How low should you set your thermostat?

If you live in a household with multiple people, a couple degrees on the thermostat could spark the biggest arguments. So, let’s settle it once and for all: Where should you set your home’s temperature? The Department of Energy says setting your thermostat back 7-10 degrees from its normal setting for eight hours…...

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Donations Doubled!

This week, a generous CUB supporter has agreed to match donations, which makes it the perfect time to give. Your contribution—whatever you can afford— will help fund our lawyers, consumer advocates, and money-saving events and publications needed to fight rip-offs across the state. Besides rip-offs, we’re also up against a…...

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Retiree saves hundreds, thanks to CUB Voice, Consumer Hotline

After reading CUB’s quarterly publication The CUB Voice, Stillman Valley resident Terry Temple realized he was paying way too much for his electric and gas service, and he did something about it. The retired marketing director for GE Aviation Systems came upon a full-page article headlined “Paying too much for…...

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CUB: Clean Power Plan is good for consumers

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia will hear arguments both for and against the Clean Power Plan. The plan’s national goal is to help cut carbon pollution from the power sector by about 30 percent by 2030.  It encourages states to meet individual targets through a number…...

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Prepare your home for the cold!

It may be hard to believe that winter is coming with balmy temperatures on the first day of fall, But now is the time to prepare your home for the cold months ahead. Make sure your windows and doors are properly prepared by: Inspecting cracked or broken glass, examining door frames…...

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A gift from CUB!

As a special offer in September only, you can earn a gift with a donation of $30 or more. It’s a 3-in-1 cellphone charging cable in a sporty CUB pouch. You’ll have the power to charge your phone and charge the fight for lower utility bills! The pouch will keep all…...

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