CHICAGO (CBS) — Faced with a rate increase, the assistant Illinois Attorney General is stepping into the debate, saying residents should not have to pay more on their home heating bills this winter.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Michele Fiore reports, Karen Lusson tells the Chicago Tribune she isn’t happy with the proposed rate increase.

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Lusson and others attended a public hearing Thursday at the Illinois Commerce Commission to discuss the 10.7 percent proposed raise on People’s Gas and a 3.6 percent hike for North Shore Gas.

She tells the newspaper that Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas are seeking to shift the cost increases to a flat charge that does not vary depending on natural gas usage, thus punishing those who try to conserve and save money.

The fee amounts to $28 fee per month, the Tribune reported.

Anyone wanting to make a comment can still do so online A final decision is expected in January.