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March 30, 2014
Chicago Tribune Guest Column: Exelon must shoulder financial burden of its nuclear plants
By David Kolata, CUB Executive Director


March 26, 2014
Customers to feel polar vortex in utility bills
By Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune


March 25, 2014
FirstEnergy plans polar vortex surcharge on suburban electric bills
By Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


March 21, 2014
Peoples Gas charges 75% more than Nicor as Chicago heating bills soar
By Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


March 20, 2014
Voting Results: As savings shrink in power market, most communities still support aggregation

February 26, 2014
Chicagoans to get sticker shock from heating bills
By Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


February 14, 2014
Small but enthusiastic band of users finds big savings in 'dynamic pricing'
By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E Publishing


February 1, 2014
The five things you need to know about your new electric meter

February 1, 2014
New Ameren rates for 2014

January 29, 2014
Do more to cut power usage, ICC directs ComEd
By Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


January 21, 2014
CUB Infographic: Spotlight on LEDs

January 13, 2014
New ComEd rates for 2014

December 17, 2013
CUB's 2013 year in review

October 29, 2013
Stay warm for less this winter
Letter to Glenview Announcements
By David Kolata, CUB Executive Director


October 29, 2013
Top 5 myths about your gas bills

October 14, 2013
Illinois Energy Efficiency Incentives

September 5, 2013
Human error caused ComEd smart meter fires: Report
By Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


August 19, 2013
Cities look anew at electric aggregation
By Patrick Wade, The News-Gazette of Champaign


August 9, 2013
CUB 'fans' take sides on ceiling fan debate

August 5, 2013
CUB's Cartoon Caption Contest: Your Best Work!

July 31, 2013
ComEd's 2012 outage response improved, but still fell short
By Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


July 27, 2013
My View: Low cost ways to cut your energy bills
Guest Column to Rockford Register-Star
By David Kolata, CUB Executive Director


July 24, 2013
You be the judge: What can an energy audit do for you?

July 15, 2013
Executive Profile: David Kolata, Executive director of Citizens Utility Board gets a rush helping consumers save money
By Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune


June 5, 2013
ICC votes to hold ComEd financially liable for power outages
By Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune


May 23, 2013
Lawmakers override Quinn on ComEd veto
By Rafael Guerrero, Chicago Tribune


May 21, 2013
Ill. Senate overrides Quinn veto of smart grid rate hike
By Rafael Guerrero and Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune


May 20, 2013
Peoples Gas wants surcharge
By Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune


May 18, 2013
ComEd rates are set to surge
By Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


May 13, 2013
Watch out for unauthorized charges on cellphone bills
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun


May 13, 2013
State's renewable energy fund lacks power to fulfill purpose
By Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune


May 5, 2013
Quinn rejects bill raising electric rates
Associated Press


April 29, 2013
ComEd rate hike request would add $6 to monthly bills
By Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune


April 22, 2013
Park Ridge police warn of solicitations
By Jon Davis, Special to the Chicago Tribune


April 14, 2013
Municipal aggregation sweeps across Illinois—now what?

April 12, 2013
Too good to be true: Chicago man's electric rate doubles in one month

April 3, 2013
Some suburban electricity deals to be costlier than ComEd
By Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


March 21, 2013
This Line-Backer isn't named Brian—but it's brutal on phone bills

March 19, 2013
CUB Caption Contest Results: When it comes to clever captions, Illinois consumers are on a roll!

March 19, 2013
ComEd Imposter Enters Home, $3,500 in Jewelry, Coins Disappear: Police Blotter
By Charles Menchaca, Downers Grove Patch


March 12, 2013
Getting heated up by an electric bill
By Mike Danahey, The Courier-News of Elgin


March 12, 2013
Make Ameren continue to prove its gas rate cases
Letter to the Editor by David Kolata, CUB Executive Director


March 1, 2013
Game on!
Oak Park couple nears $1,500 in savings with Real-Time Pricing


Feb. 28, 2013
Downtown office landlords launching own smart meter program
By Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


Feb. 26, 2013
Infographic: A $3 billion gas tax!

Feb. 13, 2013
Cullerton pushes bill to boost ComEd rates
By Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


Feb. 12, 2013
Nicor parent talks rate changes despite earlier agreement

Feb. 8, 2013
Governor Quinn Names Miguel del Valle to Illinois Commerce Commission

Jan. 30, 2013
iPhone users pay highest phone bills
by Dara Kerr, for CNET News


Jan. 29, 2013
ComEd must cover some of customers' storm-outage losses: ICC judge
by Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


Jan. 26, 2013
Shedd Aquarium looks to slice energy bill
by Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune


Jan. 25, 2013
Ameren seeks $50 million natural gas rate hike
Peoria Journal Star


Jan. 24, 2013
New aggregation programs drive consumer participation in Illinois electricity choice
by The Financial


Jan. 10, 2013
Rivals undercutting city’s electricity deal with Integrys

Dec. 20, 2012
ComEd bill to go up about $1 per month

Dec. 18, 2012
The Best of 2012! CUB's Year in Review

Dec. 17, 2012
CUB's Chicago Power Center

Dec. 14, 2012
City locks in price under new electricity contract
by Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


Dec. 13, 2012
Aldermen approve Emanuel's energy switch to Integrys from ComEd
by Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune


Dec. 5, 2012
ICC approves ComEd smart meter delay
by Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


Dec. 4, 2012
CUB's "Stop Cramming Center"

Nov. 27, 2012
Lots of reasons to be thankful!

Nov. 21, 2012
ICC judge: Commission should reject ComEd smart meter delay
by Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


Nov. 12, 2012
Constellation Energy takeover not working out as planned for Exelon
by Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


Nov. 8, 2012
Chicago sets brisk timeline for electric aggregation deal
by Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune


Nov. 8, 2012
What the U.S. Cellular sale means to consumers

Nov. 7, 2012
Did your community approve municipal aggregation?

Nov. 1, 2012
Heating bills could jump 12%-18%, gas utilities predict
by Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


Oct. 30, 2012
Top 10 hot tips to save cold cash this winter

Oct. 29, 2012
ComEd to ICC: Smart meter argument not about the money
by Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


Oct. 24, 2012
CUB's Chicago Power Center

Oct. 18, 2012
CUB helps board prez get justice from power company

Oct. 16, 2012
Problem Solver: Customer shocked by ComEd bill
by Jon Yates, Chicago Tribune


Oct. 9, 2012
Poll finds Chicagoans willing to pay more for clean electricity
by Greg Hinz, Crain's Chicago Business


Oct. 8, 2012
Summer heat wave may have cost us $132 million

Oct. 8, 2012
ComEd rethinks pledge on service reliability
by Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


Oct. 4, 2012
ComEd To Delay Modernization Amid Rate Cut Fight
by Steve Miller, WBBM NewsRadio


Oct. 3, 2012
ComEd: ICC disappointment means smart grid delay
by Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


Oct. 2, 2012
Report: Online tool cut cooling bills
by Sandra Guy, Chicago Sun-Times


Sept. 30, 2012
Refunds arriving soon for Nicor customers in decade-old whistle-blower case
by Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune


Sept. 27, 2012
Former IPA chief Pruitt to assist city on potential ComEd exit
by Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


Sept. 26, 2012
Cellphones Are Eating the Family Budget
by Anton Troianovski, Wall Street Journal


Sept. 20, 2012
Ameren ordered to return $48.1 million to Illinois customers
by Steve Tarter, Peoria Journal Star


Sept. 20, 2012
Consumers paying less for electricity
by Andy Grimm and Jonathan Bullington, Chicago Tribune


Sept. 18, 2012
CUB Survey: 3 out of 4 show support for coal

Sept. 17, 2012
iPhone 5 likely to boost data usage
by D.C. Denison, The Boston Globe


Sept. 14, 2012
Scammers swarm through phone lines
by Natalie DiBlasio, USA Today


Sept. 10, 2012
Wind energy group gives Exelon the boot
by Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune


Sept. 5, 2012
ICC judge urges smaller ComEd rate cut
by Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


Sept. 4, 2012
What CUB did on its summer vacation: Saved YOU money!

August 21, 2012
Fight for an Ameren rate cut!

August 16, 2012
Is AT&T 'CallPack 100' still a bargain?

August 14, 2012
Electric aggregation gold diggers?
by Jean Lotus, Forest Park Review


August 11, 2012
Quinn vetoes bill for Chicago coal gasification plant
by Doug Finke, The State Journal-Register


August 6, 2012
We asked for cartoon captions, you delivered!

August 3, 2012
Heat wave turns up air conditioners, Ameren income in second quarter
by Tony Reid, Decatur Herald & Review


August 2, 2012
Statewide Opposition: Editorials Asking Gov. Quinn to veto 'Leucadia bill'

July 26, 2012
Controversial pipe-maintenance program ending for Chicago gas customers

July 23, 2012
Wilmette warns about dodgy electric power solicitations

July 20, 2012
CUB's Summer To-do List: Protecting $863 Million Of Your Money

July 19, 2012
Letter to the Editor: Ask Gov. Quinn to veto Leucadia plant
by David Kolata, CUB Executive Director


July 18, 2012
Gov. Quinn, AG Visit CUB Offices To Sign Bill That Cracks Down On Cramming

July 14, 2012
How ComEd defections are killing green power in Illinois
by Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


July 11, 2012
In 2011, ComEd power outages lasted twice as long on average
by Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


July 10, 2012
Better Business Bureau Consumer Alert: Utility Bailout A Fraud

July 6, 2012
Quinn should veto synthetic gas plant
Chicago Sun-Times Editorial


July 6, 2012
Power restored for ComEd customers left in dark since Sunday
by Chicago's ABC 7


July 2, 2012
Severe storms hit the suburbs; thousands lose power
by Matt Arado and Paul Biasco, The Daily Herald


June 28, 2012
Why cable, Internet and TV customer service sucks
by Staci Giordullo, Angie's List


June 27, 2012
Q&A: What happens if Chicago leaves ComEd?

June 26, 2012
Top Cities: What are YOU paying for electricity?

June 26, 2012
If Chicago ditches ComEd, those still with utility would pay more
by Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune


June 25, 2012
Quinn and consumers
Chicago Tribune Editorial


June 22, 2012
ICC OKs ComEd smart-grid plan, will rehear arguments on rates
by Francine Knowles and Sandra Guy, Chicago Sun-Times


June 21, 2012
Emanuel backs move to put electricity proposal on ballot
by Hal Dardick, Chicago Tribune


June 20, 2012
Local lawmakers join utility to tout energy efficiency programs
by John Hageman, Peoria Journal Star


June 19, 2012
June changes to your electric bill

June 19, 2012
Hot tips for keeping cool this summer

June 16, 2012
Exelon takes a drubbing
by Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


June 14, 2012
ComEd pushes for delay on installing smart meters
by Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


June 13, 2012
Unclouding the new electric bill confusion
by Dave Gathman, Elgin Courier-News


June 12, 2012
Questions and answers about Verizon's new plans
by Peter Svensson, The Associated Press


June 4, 2012
ComEd bills to drop 2% this month after ICC ruling
by Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune


June 1, 2012
Resilience of Robocalls Leaves a Lot of Ears Ringing
by Alina Tugend, The New York Times


June 1, 2012
ComEd outlines financial hit from ICC rate ruling
by Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


May 24, 2012
Letter to the editor: Gas pipe repairs
by David Kolata, CUB Executive Director


May 18, 2012
Electric rates going up in 2015
by Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune


May 17, 2012
Coal plant closures could send electricity costs soaring
by Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune


May 15, 2012
Chicago City Council mulls electricity referendum
by Hal Dardick, Chicago Tribune


May 14, 2012
Beware: Online Cell Discounts Can Lead To Double Trouble
by Bob Sullivan, MSNBC.com


May 10, 2012
Peoples Gas hits funding bump in $2.5 billion plan to replace pipes
by Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune


May 10, 2012
ComEd rates to soar in fall after summer relief
by Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


May 4, 2012
CUB Consumer Alert: What are my electricity choices?

May 3, 2012
Residents complain about aggressive sales tactics for electricity aggregation
by Jim Jaworski and Michelle Stoffel, Chicago Tribune


May 1, 2012
CUB shreds calling costs at "Money Smart Week" phone clinics

April 25, 2012
Hospital, ETHS win CUB contest
by Karen Berkowitz, Evanston Review


April 24, 2012
An electricity market in flux
by Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


April 23, 2012
ComEd smart meter rollout will take 10 years
by Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


April 23, 2012
New report shines light on ComEd “smart meter” project, Gives guidance on how best to implement smart grid

April 18, 2012
Patient care tech wins energy award
by Charles Bartling, Evanston Now


April 12, 2012
Verizon Phone Upgrades No Longer Toll-Free
by Rachelle Dragani, E-Commerce Times


April 8, 2012
Ameren getting into deregulated power market through municipal aggregation
by Tony Reid, Decatur Herald & Review


April 8, 2012
Buffalo Grove, ComEd continue to spar over outage claims
by Steve Zalusky, Daily Herald


March 28, 2012
Plainfield Announces New Program To Save Money & Conserve Energy
by Amy De Boni, Village of Plainfield


March 27, 2012
Did your community approve municipal aggregation?

March 21, 2012
Suburban Roundup: Voters come out strong for electricity choice
by Lisa Black, Dawn Rhodes and Ted Gregory, Chicago Tribune


March 14, 2012
Voters in scores of suburbs might trim electric bills
by Robert McCoppin, Chicago Tribune


March 5, 2012
Madigan, FTC, BBB & Advocates Warn Consumers About Phone Bill Scam
News Release from Attorney General Lisa Madigan


February 29, 2012
Our View: Shedding light
Lake County News-Sun Editorial


February 28, 2012
Communities voting to negotiate electric rates
by Sarah Schulte, ABC 7 Chicago


February 28, 2012
Our Opinion: Tighten rules to clean up phone bills
Springfield State Journal-Register Editorial


February 26, 2012
Warren High wants electricity offer to boost coffers
by Bob Susnjara, The Daily Herald


February 21, 2012
How green is your community?

February 21, 2012
Problem Solver: ComEd meter mix-up leads to supercharged bill
by Jon Yates, Chicago Tribune


February 15, 2012
Madigan Lauds FCC Crackdown on Robocalls
by NBC 5 Chicago


February 12, 2012
ComEd Details Improvements To Storm Response Process
by The Sun-Times News Service


February 2, 2012
Quinn calls for new credit, ending utility tax
by The Associated Press


January 14, 2012
New year, new bulbs

December 20, 2011
Rockford resident wins free electricity from CUB Energy Saver
By Zak Knutson, Rockford Register-Star


December 20, 2011
CUB's 2011 Year In Review

December 20, 2011
So how do Illinois consumers 'deck the halls'?

December 19, 2011
AT&T ends bid for T-Mobile, takes $4B penalty
By Cecilia Kang, Washington Post


December 12, 2011
Household electricity bills skyrocket
By Dennis Cauchon, USA Today


December 12, 2011
Another happy CUB customer!

December 9, 2011
ComEd ties profits to performance
By Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune


December 7, 2011
Nicor sale to AGL is approved, but ICC sets conditions
By Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


December 6, 2011
Ameren electricity rate cuts sought

December 2, 2011
What you're paying for natural gas in December

November 30, 2011
FCC Allows AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Withdrawal, Publishes Damning Report

November 28, 2011
Suburban Chicago races to unplug from ComEd
By Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


November 27, 2011
Consumers paying for cleaner coal
By Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune


November 24, 2011
AT&T Merger With T-Mobile Faces Setbacks

November 23, 2011
Who was top bird in CUB's Thanksgiving Caption Contest?

November 22, 2011
Nicor sues over South Side synthetic-gas plant
By Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


November 21, 2011
Exelon's eastern power line would boost ComEd rates – again
By Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


November 10, 2011
Heat bills piling up with no way to pay
By Judy Masterson, Lake County News Sun


November 9, 2011
Price outlook for natural gas good news for consumers
By Tim Landis, The Springfield State Journal-Register


November 8, 2011
Answer Man: Pros and cons of switching electric service
By Roger Schlueter, Belleville News-Democrat


November 8, 2011
Let's eat! Illinois consumers' favorite Crock Pot recipes

October 27, 2011
Legislature overrides Gov. Pat Quinn's veto to allow smart grid
By Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune


October 25, 2011
Beware! Avoid these 5 scary money-wasters

October 16, 2011
As landlines fade, AT&T pushes hard for merger
By Steve Tarter, Peoria Journal Star


October 11, 2011
Attention ComEd and Ameren customers: Your electric rates have changed

October 3, 2011
Peoples Gas infrastructure surcharge rejected by Appeals Court
By Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


October 1, 2011
Shopping around for suppliers increases among ComEd customers
By Brian Leaf, Rockford Register-Star


September 30, 2011
Nicor must quit controversial warranty pitches: ICC judge
By Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


September 26, 2011
Customer Sad-isfaction!

September 26, 2011
What are the answers to CUB Energy Saver's quiz?

September 26, 2011
So what's the biggest money-waster?

September 19, 2011
The Five Most Bizarre Cell-phone Money-wasters

September 18, 2011
Share costs of smart grid
Northwest Herald Editorial


September 12, 2011
Quinn vetoes electric utility rate hike bill
By Alex Keefe, WBEZ radio


September 12, 2011
Quinn vetoes ComEd rate hike
By Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune


September 8, 2011
Illinois AG's office goes after gas utilities for rate hike requests
By Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune


August 31, 2011
U.S. Justice Dept. moves to block AT&T, T-Mobile merger
By Andrew Nusca, ZDNet


August 31, 2011
Editorial: ComEd bill needs more consumer protections
Elmhurst Press


August 31, 2011
More utility ratepayers sidestepping ComEd, buying in bulk
By Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune


August 30, 2011
Bradley: Ameren increase will hurt
By Scott Fitzgerald, The Southern


August 29, 2011
Hiya, Kiya! Meet CUB's spokesdog and consumers' best friend

August 26, 2011
Utility watchdogs oppose rate hike
By Chris Kaergard, Peoria Journal Star


August 26, 2011
Opposition lining up against Ameren rate-hike request
By Tony Reid, Decatur Herald & Review


August 26, 2011
CUB: State should deny Ameren rate request
By Michael Kiser, WDWS Radio, Champaign


August 26, 2011
Groups oppose Ameren increase
By Mike Fitzgerald, Belleville News-Democrat


August 22, 2011
CUB saves on WCL phone bills

August 19, 2011
Village pushes energy saving program
By Michelle Stoffel, TribLocal


August 17, 2011
Suburbs shed ComEd
By Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


August 15, 2011
World's worst phone bill? Not anymore!

August 8, 2011
Power-upgrade plans spark Illinois storm
By Rebecca Smith, Wall Street Journal


August 5, 2011
TV host: CUB helped me save $800 a year!

August 3, 2011
Heat wave to be felt again in this month's utilities
By Brian Hudson, Suburban Life Publications


August 3, 2011
'Cramming' crackdown overdue
Chicago Sun-Times Editorial


July 21, 2011
Power grid inadequate
Northwest Herald editorial


July 18, 2011
Are energy-efficient light bulbs a bright idea?

July 14, 2011
Nicor employees warn of post-merger layoffs
By Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


July 11, 2011
Nicor challenges Exelon in electricity market
By Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


July 8, 2011
Spending Smart: Shedding Light On New Bulbs
By Gregory Karp, Chicago Tribune


July 6, 2011
Verizon's New Tiered Data Plans: What You Need to Know
By Alex Colon, PCMag.com


July 5, 2011
How to budget for wireless data on Verizon's new plans
By Peter Svensson, Associated Press Technology Writer


June 3, 2011
What's Your Secret?
How To Stay Cool For Less During The Dog Days


June 2, 2011
Share costs of smart grid
Northwest Herald Editorial


May 31, 2011
As energy bill flickers in Legislature, ComEd faces haggling with Quinn
By Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


May 24, 2011
'Profit Grab!'
Consumers Lash Out At $156 M ComEd rate hike


May 23, 2011
Chicago Tribune Letter to the Editor: Electric Grid
By David Kolata, CUB Executive Director


May 23, 2011
Ill. governor hopeful about energy rate bill
By Zachary Colman, The Associated Press


May 19, 2011
Proceed cautiously on energy bill
Southtown Star Editorial


May 16, 2011
Getting smarter
Chicago Tribune Editorial


May 13, 2011
Opposition growing to bill that would allow automatic rate hikes by Ameren
By Tony Reid, Decatur Herald & Review


May 10, 2011
Gov. Quinn says he'd veto automatic rate hikes

April 18, 2011
Discounts and freebies offered on Tax Day

April 13, 2011
Forum: It's 'Groundhog Day' with rate hike request from a profitable Ameren
By David Kolata, Citizens Utility Board


April 13, 2011
ICC judge recommends 3% rate hike for ComEd
By Mary Ellen Podmolik, Chicago Tribune


April 11, 2011
Your thoughts on an AT&T/T-Mobile merger

March 25, 2011
FCC takes stand on T-Mobile, AT&T merger
By Raven Lovecraft, TG Daily


March 24 2011
Speaking of high energy bills...
By Stephanie Zimmermann, Chicago Sun-Times


March 11, 2011
Seniors, unemployed fight ComEd's rate hike request
By Sandra Guy, Chicago Sun-Times


March 7, 2011
'Big 7' challenged to save energy
By Jonathan Bullington, TribLocal


Feb. 24, 2011
ICC chief Flores unlikely to keep job in upcoming vote
By Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


Feb. 24, 2011
Top Tips for New Homeowners

Feb. 24, 2011
A 'Smart' Way To Defeat Vampire Power

Feb. 19, 2011
Our View: Don't allow utilities to write their own rate hike rules
Peoria Journal Star Editorial


Feb. 19, 2011
Our View: Don't aid natural gas plants at consumer expense
Peoria Journal Star Editorial


Feb. 11, 2011
AG Madigan vows to fight ComEd automatic rate hike
By Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


Feb. 8, 2011
Proposal to lock in rate hikes, profit for ComEd
By Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune


Feb. 5, 2011
Plug this gas leak
Chicago Tribune Editorial


Jan. 31, 2011
Consumer complaints surge over ComEd power bills

Jan. 27, 2011
Electric Competition: What you should know

Jan. 26, 2011
Illinois customers now have four choices for electricity
By Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune


Jan. 14, 2011
ComEd renews pitch for automatic rate increases
By Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


Jan. 13, 2011
New age approach for cell phone market
Seniors 'last untapped segment' for wireless customers, but 'buyer beware'
By Gregory Karp, Chicago Tribune


Jan. 12, 2011
Outrageous! Bad Bills Pass, Threaten Gas Rate Hikes

Jan. 10, 2011
Enough Is Enough! Crain's: Bills Threaten To Force Illinois Consumers To Shoulder High Gas Prices

Jan. 6, 2011
Plants that would turn coal to gas could cost consumers
By Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune


Jan. 6, 2011
Gas plant bills advancing in Legislature could hit customers in the wallet
By Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


Jan. 3, 2011
Big Savings! Evanston wins CUB Energy Saver competition

Dec. 21, 2010
$300 Million Difference! What the Citizens Utility Board Did For You In 2010

Nov. 11, 2010
I-Team: Are you paying too much for cell phone service?
By Dave Fehling, KHOU-TV, Houston, Texas


Oct. 14, 2010
A Call-to-action For The Wireless Industry

Oct. 10, 2010
Government watchdog and advocacy groups need to be more social
By Seth Liss, South Florida Sun Sentinel


Oct. 4, 2010
Mom vs. Verizon: Mom Wins!

Oct. 3, 2010
Crooks 'cram' phone bills with bogus charges
By Herb Weisbaum, MSNBC.com


Sept. 29, 2010
Ameren Illinois utilities to become one company, press case for more revenue
By Tony Reid, Decatur Herald & Review


Sept. 27, 2010
AT&T Serves Up Six Rate Hikes In September

Sept. 23, 2010
Peoples, Nicor, Ameren trail peers in customer survey
By Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


Sept. 21, 2010
If we care about people's health, let's curtail cell phones as well as smoking
by Patrice O'Shaughnessy, New York Daily News


Sept. 17, 2010
Say Cheese! CUB photo contest

Sept. 13, 2010
It's Lifeline Awareness Week
Cut Your Phone Costs, Stay Connected


August 26, 2010
Wireless competition, prices fall: report
by John Poirier, Reuters


August 25, 2010
Google makes bold move to battle Skype
by David Goldman, CNNMoney.com


August 25, 2010
What's wrong with this picture!
ComEd, Ameren drop $15 M to raise our rates


August 19, 2010
One CUB staffer, one phone clinic, $504/year in savings!

August 17, 2010
Green and Clueless
by Sharon Begley, Newsweek


August 17, 2010
'That's amazing!' Shocked electrical engineer wins CUB Energy Saver prize

August 17, 2010
'Wow!' Joliet senior uses CUB Energy Saver, wins free power

July 30, 2010
The Survey Says!
Here's What You Think About The Gulf Oil Spill


July 29, 2010
411 for free!

July 29, 2010
How much does that call cost? You might be surprised

July 19, 2010
$27 a month for directory assistance!?
CUB shows TV host how to save on 411


July 12, 2010
Long-time CUB member rewarded with money-saving light bulbs

June 18, 2010
Save $$$ on Your I-Go Car Sharing Membership with CUB!

June 16, 2010
More people need payment help to stay connected to power
by Matt Williams, Rockford Register Star


June 2, 2010
Save Money, Earn Rewards With CUB Energy Saver
by Suzanne Le Mignot, CBS 2 Chicago


May 27, 2010
Ameren dropping rates by 6 percent
by Steve Tarter, Peoria Journal Star


May 26, 2010
FCC: 1 in 6 cell phone users have had 'bill shock'
by Suzanne Choney, MSNBC


May 21, 2010
Ameren sings a familiar tune after ICC decision
by CUB Executive Director David Kolata


May 20, 2010
FCC says wireless industry not competitive
by John Poirier, Reuters


May 5, 2010
ComEd's $500M state aid swap for billions in profit dies
by Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


May 4, 2010
ComEd seeks to freeze above-market rates in return for $500m cash to budget-crippled state
by Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


May 3, 2010
Illinois officials call Nicor pipe-repair plan overpriced, misleading
by Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


April 30, 2010
Illinois Media, Consumers React To Ameren's Rate-Hike Rejection

April 30, 2010
A Good Day For Illinois Consumers!
ICC Follows Law, Slashes Ameren Rate Hike


April 23, 2010
Exelon quarterly profit tops Wall St
Reuters


April 22, 2010
Editorial: Don't let telecoms write law governing them
The Moline Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus


April 19, 2010
Talking points on rewriting Illinois' Telecommunications Act

April 13, 2010
Pioneer Telephone announces rate hikes: So does it still measure up?

April 2, 2010
What's the worst phone charge in Illinois?

March 22, 2010
$20 long-distance credit to be reduced April 1, Pioneer Rate-buster Plan still among nation's best

March 11, 2010
'Fraud!' Consumers speak out against misleading
marketing at ICC


March 9, 2010
Foes mounting pressure against Ameren's bid for a rate increase,
by Tony Reid, Decatur Herald & Review


Feb. 25, 2010
Judge recommends Ameren spread rate increases,
by Mike Riopell, Bloomington Pantagraph


Feb. 25, 2010
ComEd wants another rate hike,
by Julie Johnsson, Chicago Tribune


Feb. 24, 2010
Energy co. under fire for deceptive sales tactics,
by Pam Zekman, CBS 2 Chicago


Feb. 22, 2010
How to cut your phone bill,
by Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News


Feb. 19, 2010
Commonwealth Edison seeking another rate hike,
by Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business


Feb. 19, 2010
Good results for Ameren might shrink size of rate proposal

Feb. 12, 2010
He just won a $20 long-distance credit!

Feb. 10, 2010
Your cell phone company's dirty little secret,
CNN Money


Feb. 8, 2010
CUB, DJ make power bills do 'electric slide'

Feb. 2, 2010
CUB's talking points on Ameren's proposed $130 million rate hike

Jan. 28, 2010
It would be wise to carefully weigh rate request,
Decatur Herald & Review Editorial


Jan. 25, 2010
CUB's Center for Rate-hike Fighters

Jan. 25, 2010
Veteran stood up for country, now standing up for consumers

Jan. 21, 2010
'When will this end?' Consumers rally against Peoples Gas rate hike

Jan. 12, 2010
Fighting Peoples/North Shore Gas rate-hike request

Jan. 8, 2010
Flider takes case against Ameren rate hike to ICC
by Decatur Tribune, Online Edition


Jan. 8, 2010
Temperatures drop, natural gas prices climb
by Emily McFarlan, Aurora Beacon-News


Dec. 18, 2009
CUB year-end report: $66 million+ in consumer savings!
by David Kolata, CUB Executive Director


Dec. 16, 2009
Callers of all incomes ditching landlines for cell
by Alan Fram, The Associated Press


Dec. 14, 2009
Natural Gas Rises to 11-Month High on Cold Weather, XTO Sale, by Reg Curren, Bloomberg

Dec. 13, 2009
Teen runs up cell phone bill of nearly $22,000
The Associated Press


Dec. 7, 2009
You've got to be kidding! We bankroll rate-hike hungry utilities?

Dec. 6, 2009
Finding cell-phone sanity

Dec. 3, 2009
Grateful consumer rewards CUB with chocolate

Nov. 29, 2009
2 Investigators: New Phone Law Protects Consumers
by Pam Zekman, CBS 2 Chicago


Nov. 28, 2009
Residents Push For Spraying Notification Law
by Clare Howard, The Peoria Journal Star


Nov. 23, 2009
Drumroll please! Consumers pick the worst utility in Illinois


Nov. 23, 2009
It's hard to beat a consumer group...


Nov. 14, 2009
Is There a Method in Cellphone Madness?
by Saul Hansell, The New York Times


Nov. 13, 2009
Big rate hikes, big profits: Third-quarter profits up for energy utilities

Nov. 4, 2009
Ameren execs say superior customer service easing way for rate hikes, by Tony Reid, Decatur Herald & Review

Oct. 30, 2009
CUB: 'Make sure consumers are protected' in Verizon deal

Oct. 21, 2009
Attorney general, CUB oppose planned Verizon sale

Oct. 15, 2009
Feds predict 15% plunge in natural gas costs

Oct. 14, 2009
Groups may be dialing up the heat in fight over Verizon sale, by Kurt Erickson, Lee Statehouse Bureau Chief

Oct. 12, 2009
From the Front Lines: More than $1 billion in your money at stake

Oct. 6, 2009
Controversial Heating Program, by Lauren Cohn, Fox TV, Chicago

Oct. 5, 2009
Power play: Ameren rate increase plan sparks customers' ire, by Sanford J. Schmidt, The Alton Telegraph

Oct. 4, 2009
Nicor refunds long overdue

Sept. 25, 2009
Fight Ameren's $226 Million Rate Hike!

Sept. 24, 2009
CUB Helps 'Astounded' Consumer Capture $660 Phone Credit

Sept. 22, 2009
A $287 million fraud

Sept. 15, 2009
Sound off on the Ameren rate hikes

Sept. 14, 2009
Big savings for Chicago gas customers—but they pay more than suburbs

Sept. 1, 2009
CUB shows consumers how to cut phone bills

Aug. 31, 2009
CUB Looks For Solutions Following "ComEd Massacre"

Aug. 29, 2009
ComEd Massacre, a Chicago Tribune Editorial

Aug. 24, 2009
North Shore Left with Path of Destruction, by Lisa Black, Chicago Tribune

Aug. 3, 2009
Take Back the Beep

July 10, 2009
A national leader! New law launches ICC reforms, sparks groundbreaking efficiency programs

July 9, 2009
Goldman Sachs Loses Grip on Its Doomsday Machine, by Jonathan Weil, Bloomberg News Columnist

July 7, 2009
Gas market a bust for consumers

June 25, 2009
Don't get sunk by the tech wave

June 17, 2009
$1 billion in rate-hike cases

June 4, 2009
Nurse loves CUB, can't stand 'cramming'

June 4, 2009
When it comes to CFLs, where there's a "ville" there's a way

June 1, 2009
CUB's Legislative Roundup, by Bryan McDaniel, Policy Analyst

June 1, 2009
How the June 1 electric rate cut affects your power bills

March 25, 2009
CUB delivers four-figure phone savings in Peoria

February 4, 2009
CUB, CFLs put lid on Plainfield power bills

December 8, 2008
It's that time of year again—renew your CUB membership

December 3, 2008
Lt. Governor Calls CUB 'A Model For The Whole Country'

November 25, 2008
Happy Thanksgiving!
CUB hands out "Golden Drumstick" awards


October 31, 2008
CUB clinic takes the fright out of phone bills

October 30, 2008
CUB to slash phone bills today at first-ever "Loop" clinic

October 9, 2008
Another Painful Winter?

October 6, 2008
CUB's Thompson Center clinic to help customers protect their bottom lines from bad economy

September 24, 2008
'The battle is not over,' says Ameren rate-hike foes

September 16, 2008
Legislator slams Ameren's $207 million rate-hike request, tells regulators: 'The increase should be zero.'

July 17, 2008
The Transition to Digital TV: What You Need To Know