A power company in southwestern Illinois confirms a letter posted to a blog that says Illinois is months behind paying its utility bills and will be disconnected by December 1st if no payment is received. The letter from Southwestern Electric Cooperative Inc., first posted to the Capitol Fax Blog, says the utility has “far exceeded” their disconnection for non-pay policies, with some accounts being subject to disconnection as much as 4 months ago.
Joe Richardson, vice president of communications for Southwestern Electric Cooperative, Inc., says all he can do is confirm the contents of the letter.
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According to the state’s transparency website for Fiscal Year 2015 the co-op provided utility services to the Departments of Natural Resources, Corrections, Transportation and Central Management for a total of nearly $203,000. Southwestern provides electricity in 10 counties in southwestern Illinois along the I-70 corridor for about 23,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers.