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Citizens Utility Board on Ameren rate hike

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The new year will bring higher Ameren bills. Citizens Utility Board spokesperson Jim Chilsen says the rate hike, approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission recently, will take effect January 1st and will amount to several dollars on most monthly bills.

Chilsen points out the increase comes when other costs are going up.

"Any increase on bills is not good news for consumers. We're in the middle of a pandemic, we're paying skyrocketing natural gas prices, and now Ameren customers are getting hit with an electric rate hike."

Chilsen says the increase will be added to the delivery charge, which means even if you don't buy your power from Ameren, you will still see the increase on your bill.

Born in Newport, Rhode Island to a military family, Kevin Boucher traveled the country and the world at a young age before his family settled in Murphysboro, Illinois in 1976. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale and worked in commercial radio before becoming the Traffic Manager at WSIU Public Television. Boucher has since earned a Master's degree in Professional Media & Media Management Studies from SIU's College of Mass Communication & Media Arts. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening and exploring the flora and fauna of the Shawnee National Forest and other beautiful natural areas across southern Illinois. Kevin is embarking on a new path with WSIU as the Community Engagement Producer for WSIU Radio. Look for Kevin's work on air and on line.
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