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home : insight & opinion : letters to the editor July 8, 2020

6/1/2007 12:59:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Letter to the Editor
Politicians need to step up to the plate

As the utility companies post record profits in Illinois, consumers are getting hit hard with high electric bills. Ameren and ComEd add insult to injury by telling customers to take responsibility and manage their higher electric bills by buying energy-saving bulbs and turning off their lights. They say that doing this will make our bills affordable. But trying to stave off a 200 percent increase in your electric bill by using an energy-saving light bulb is like trying to put out a forest fire with an eyedropper - it just won't work.

People on fixed incomes, families and older adults are getting hit the hardest. Something has to be done. With skyrocketing gas prices expected this summer on top of it all - enough is enough? My well-being and finances should not be at risk simply because of greedy electric companies who'll jump at any opportunity to nail the consumer.

With just a few days left in the legislative session I hope our lawmakers will step up to the plate and pass legislation to provide statewide relief to a statewide problem. I know AARP is backing Senate Bill 1592 - the bill makes sense, it gets rates back to a reasonable amount (2006 rate), and gives immediate assistance to people through rebates. I urge our legislators to quit dilly-dallying on this issue and pass SB 1592.

Don Young

Flat Rock

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