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Residents in central and southern Illinois will pay nearly 30 percent more on utility bills than projected if Ameren is allowed to lower its energy savings target, environmental and consumer advocates said Wednesday.

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Efficiency plans filed by Ameren Illinois fail to comply with the state’s new energy law and could prevent the creation of additional jobs, according to a new report. 

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The so-called Future Energy Jobs Bill would bail out two struggling nuclear plants. Critics say it would amount to the largest rate hike in U.S. history.

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Will there be a radical change in how consumers pay electricity bills in Illinois? 

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A new bill in Springfield could see Illinois consumers paying higher electricity rates. But with the state already producing more energy than it needs, why are consumers being asked to pay more?

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The watchdog group Citizens Utility Board on Wednesday alerted Chicago customers to upcoming changes to their power bills and offered tips for avoiding bad deals.

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Crain’s Chicago Business senior reporter Steve Daniels takes a closer look at the soaring cost of Peoples Gas' massive gas main replacement program and higher charges coming to Commonwealth Edison customers.

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Utility giant ComEd's first female president talks about the company's future plans to keep customers out of the dark.

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See how the Illinois House voted on the Energy Infrastructure and Modernization Act in our interactive graphic.

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ComEd could lose more customers if hundreds of Illinois municipalities change the way residents get electricity. We take a closer look at the Election Day referendums, and what it could mean for you.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel touts ComEd's $2.6 billion investment in the new smart grid as good for the economy and good for consumers. Consumer watchdog group CUB promises to stay on top of the smart grid to make sure it is smart for ComEd clients. Elizabeth Brackett reports.

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Illinois State Capitol Building

Gov. Pat Quinn's "smart grid" veto is overridden. Carol Marin and her panel of lawmakers react to the legislation, and take a look at whether the governor has any political clout left.

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John Cullerton

Electricity is the talk in Springfield as the charged battle over the so-called "Smart Grid" bill comes to a head. Carol Marin joins us live from the state capitol, with Senate President John Cullerton, to discuss today's dramatic developments at the veto session.

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Carol Marin

The fall veto session kicked off today in Springfield. With major hits to state labor, the casino bill and potential utility hikes all on the table, lawmakers have their work cut out for them. Carol Marin joins us live from Springfield.

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ComEd is pushing hard for legislation to raise rates in exchange for a massive infrastructure upgrade. Is an override of Gov. Pat Quinn's veto coming? Carol Marin looks at the "smart grid" controversy.