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Sheila Simon opposes Illinois electric rate increase bill 

 
Associated Press
September 14, 2011

CARBONDALE — Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is joining opponents of a bill that would allow electric companies to impose big rate increases.

Simon says when many Illinoisans are out of work or living paycheck to paycheck, utilities should not be sticking them with the tab for automatic rate increases.

She joined AARP volunteers Tuesday at a senior center in Carbondale and urged lawmakers to back Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of the Senate bill.

The measure would have allowed Ameren and ComEd to impose automatic rate increases to help pay for modernizing Illinois' power grid.

Quinn's veto Monday put the measure back in the hands of lawmakers when they return to work next month.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Citizens Utility Board are also among opponents of the bill.