Ameren is asking the state to grant it a $206.4-million rate hike, which would go into effect January 1 if approved.  It is a move that doesn't sit well with one of the better-known watchdog organizations in the state.   The Citizen's Utility Board works to keep the actions of the state's utilities in the public eye, and they hope to get the actual increase reduced significantly. 


The reason behind the request is to pay for power grid improvements, according to utility officials.  Agency spokesman Jim Chilsen says a decision could be coming soon after the process of requesting increased was changed recently by Illinois lawmakers. 


Click here for Chilsen's comments


Chilsen says improvements, if done right, should pay for themselves in the long run, but the key moving forward is to hold Ameren accountable.   He says you can go to their website for a link to the CUB Action Network to tell the Illinois Commerce Commission what they think of the hike.  We've provided a link here:


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