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Proviso Probe

Monday, October 02, 2006

ECON, Senators may hold key to blocking electric rate increase

Earlier Proviso Probe covered the potential ComEd rate increase and the effort to block it with a rate freeze in the legislature.

Capitol Fax Blog (Rich Miller) explains that House Speaker Michael J. Madigan asked Governor Rod Blagojevich to call a special session of the legislature to enact the rate freeze legislation. Blagojevich agreed to do this sorta.

Blagojevich said he'd do it once the votes were identified.

This is where you come in. It seems likely that Madigan will deliver the votes in the House. However, it wouldn't hurt to call your rep (scroll down for phone numbers) and make a point of saying you favor the rate freeze.

Senate President Emil Jones is tight with ComEd (Exelon is the parent company). When Blagojevich nominated consumer advocate Marty Cohen to head the Illinois Commerce Commission the vote to confirm failed in the Democrat controlled Senate. See Citizen Utility Board press release.

I am asking Proviso Probe readers to contact their state senators and ask them to support the legislation to freeze electrical rates. The utility companies want electrical rates deregulated. But the original deregulation package envisioned there being competition. There will be no competition to keep prices down if the rate freeze isn't extended.

Proviso Senators
Sen. Kimberly Lightford ($4,700)--(708) 343-7444
Sen. Louis S. Viverito ($2,700)--(708) 430-2510
Sen. Dan Cronin ($2,100)--(630) 792-0040
Sen. Don Harmon ($2,100)--(708) 848-2002

The amount in parentheses is the amount each senator has received from Exelon PAC.


  • I have called Senator Lightford's office numerous times and to no avail, nobody anwsers the phones, just a voice mail and stating to leave a message. I did leave a message and nobody has called back!

    By Anonymous What's up with Lightford's office, at 8:27 PM, October 06, 2006  

  • Harmon told me he supports extending the freeze.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 6:06 PM, October 09, 2006  

  • Harmon said at a recent forum that he opposes the rate freeze, saying something about rolling blackouts in california coming to IL. What the heck is he talking about? guess the electricity company donations went to Harmon's head. He'll do anything for a dollar.

    By Anonymous what's up with harmon's office, at 10:02 PM, October 15, 2006  

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