Seniors Protest Proposed ComEd Rate Hikes

CHICAGO (CBS) — The idea of automatic rate hikes for ComEd doesn’t sit well with the AARP – and senior citizens were out this afternoon at an Illinois Commerce Commission hearing to voice their views.

ComEd wants several things, none of which are making seniors too happy.

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They oppose an immediate rate hike, and a proposed automatic annual rate hike, which is now before the state legislature.

Chicago resident Jean Fulghum-Howard especially doesn’t like the idea of annual rate increases.

“Annual is the word that gets me. It makes me… upset. I wanted to say another word but I didn’t say it.”

Speaking at the hearing, ComEd Vice President Ross Hemphill said the rate increases are necessary for infrastructure improvements.

“The rate increase we propose would add only about $4.80 – less than $5 – to the average monthly residential bill,” he said

The immediate rate hike would take effect in June, if approved by the ICC.

  • Greedy FUX!!!!

    “The rate increase we propose would add only about $4.80 – less than $5 – to the average monthly residential bill,” he said

    OK, thnx, how about the other increases that you f’ers have snuck in!!?? This monopoly by com ed needs to end!!!! NOW!!!!! I’m sure the democrats are up com eds a$$ and this will pass, so just bend over people!!!

  • D

    Is ti a coincidence that this increase is being pushed now that Manny Flores is not longer in the running to be the head of the ICC? I think not. As per news reports, Mr. Flroes was opposed as head of the ICC because he is too “pro-consumer.” Hmmmm.

  • Jim

    If it only adds that little then why even pass it? I’m sure the Democrats will pass it though.

  • Roberta Waker

    ComEd needs some competition in Illinois. Currently, we deal with ComEd or we don’t deal with anyone. Isn’t there a law against a monopoly? Let’s get another electric company to compete; then let them try for annual raises.

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