Earlier this year, Ameren Illinois filed a $111-million rate hike request, which it then scaled back to about $90 million in the middle of summer. With the passage of Smart Grid legislation in Springfield recently, an spokesman for the state's top utility watchdog says Ameren has promised a further modification to its request. Citizen's Utility Board Spokesman Jim Chilsen:

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Ameren recently launched a website to explain its request, and you can find that site through a link at this story at AltonDailyNews.com. You can also find a link to the site the Citizens Utility Board has launched in opposition to the request.