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Saturday, December 02, 2006

ECON, thank Emil Jones when your electric bill skyrockets

Citizen Utility Board is putting the best spin on it, but Illinois Senate President Emil Jones is trying to screw consumers so Commonwealth Edison can jack electricity rates 50% or more.

The Illinois House, led by Speaker Michael Madigan, did pass a bill to extend the rate freeze. Reps. Deborah Graham, Bob Molaro and Karen Yarbrough voted for the rate freeze. Reps. Bob Biggins (Republican) and Calvin Giles did not for the freeze.

(What's up with Giles? He based his primary campaign on decrying the influence peddling in Springfield and now he's voting with the utilities and against the consumers.)

See State Journal Register (Andriana Colindres) for details.
Illinois lawmakers left Springfield without an agreement on how best to help consumers who are about to be hit with double-digit increases in their residential electricity rates.

But the chances of [passing either the House or Senate bill] look slim because the top leaders in the Senate and House disagree about what lawmakers should do. Senate President Emil Jones, D-Chicago, has said he opposes a continued rate freeze, and Madigan has said he prefers a rate freeze to a phase-in plan.

I'm a little disappointed in Senator Don Harmon over this impass.

I discussed the issue with him on October 2, 2006.

Harmon explained to me that the rate freeze would get passed, but Emil Jones and Michael Madigan differed over the timing.

According to Harmon Madigan wanted it voted before the November election because it would help vulnerable House Dems. Jones, however, wanted to postpone the vote because it would be a populist issue that would help vulnerable Senate Republicans. And the Democratic candidates supported by Jones did take a number of seats from Republicans across the state.

I'd like to think Jones misled Harmon about his intentions, but it's possible Harmon succeeded in spinning me.


  • This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:19 PM, December 02, 2006  

  • You better be anonymous says:

    What the hell is that crap? You must have smoked out of a few bongs while reading a few articles. Dumb it down a notch, ok?

    This blog is f---ing hilarious.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:33 PM, December 02, 2006  

  • I stil got something to say says:

    At least tell us where you got the article from.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:35 PM, December 02, 2006  

  • He need to be voted out.

    By Blogger Cynthia, at 5:51 PM, December 02, 2006  

  • New rule.

    Excessively long posts that don't directly address the topic will be removed.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 9:33 PM, December 02, 2006  

  • I posted a letter to Senator Barack Obama on Soapblox Chicago.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 10:11 PM, December 02, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:49 PM, December 03, 2006  

  • Post the names of the elected officals that voted for this increase. I can't find it anywhere.
    We need to know who these people are so that we can remember them at the appropriate time. Please post their names. Either they are there representing us or they are there for the lobbyist and special interest groups. Did Don Harmon vote for this?

    By Anonymous ab of Bellwood, at 7:08 PM, December 07, 2006  

  • ab, the old legislation expired.

    So, the House voted to extend the rate freeze. There is a recorded vote in the House.

    However, in the Senate Emil Jones refused to allow a vote on the freeze legislation, so we don't know where individual Senators stand.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 9:11 PM, December 07, 2006  

  • Hi one way to make it cheaper is to switch energy companies. You can get energy bill comparison companies who act like confused.com and will get quotes from the major suppliers and get you energy bill quotes which would save on your current bills.


    By Blogger Jonathan Siberry, at 10:15 AM, December 12, 2006  

  • My understanding is that residential customers won't have any options.

    If I want to shift from ComEd, as a residential customer, what are my options?

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 10:21 AM, December 12, 2006  

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