CUB Fighting Ameren Illinois Rate Hike

(SPRINGFIELD, IL) — A consumer rights group is fighting Ameren Illinois’ efforts to boost rates. A spokeswoman for the gas supplier says the 33 million dollar increase would allow the company to make its delivery more reliable to customers and make room for future growth. Citizen Utility Board director Jim Chilsen says he plans to challenge every penny of the proposed rate hike. He says Ameren received 90 million dollars in rate increases since 2008. If approved it will go into effect next year.