Ameren Illinois customers are likely to see an increase on their natural gas bills in the next few weeks. The Illinois Commerce Commission gave the company the green light to raise rates but Jim Chilsen, with the Citizen's Utility Board, says they're appealing the decision. No word on the exact amount approved by the ICC for Ameren.

He says now is not the time to raise rates on families struggling to make ends meet.  The decision was issued on Tuesday, as well as approval for rate hikes for two Chicago-area utilities.

(Metro News/WBGZ-ME)