Citizens Utility Board

CUB, AARP Prepare For Fight Against Phone Industry

Dec 17, 2014

The Citizens Utility Board and AARP are joining forces to prevent the phone industry from ending landline service statewide.

The two Tuesday launched the “Save Our Service” campaign. This comes as lawmakers are expected to consider revisions to the Illinois Telecommunications Act next year.

CUB spokeswoman Megan Carlson says the telecom industry is expected to push for phone deregulation.

Water Outsourcing Bill On Governor's Desk

Jul 23, 2013
Mike Moen/WNIJ

Public water outsourcing could change dramatically under a bill sitting before Illinois' governor. The measure has produced many critics, who say it would harm consumers.

Citizens Utility Board

In the past couple years, Illinois communities and households have been leaving behind Com Ed. The Citizens Utility Board, or CUB, says last year Illinois led the nation with a 562 percent increase in switching to alternative suppliers, selling cheaper electricity. But CUB's Jim Chilsen say this summer ComEd and Ameren will be freed from long-term contracts that kept their prices higher. 

Many northern Illinois communities are rolling out their electricity aggregation programs. The process allows cities to seek cheaper utility rates for residents and businesses. But a watchdog says consumers she be aware of certain factors before signing up.