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Wallace Blasts Unprecedented Energy Rate Hikes Approved by Governor -- Statement Attached

FROM THE OFFICE OF STATE REPRESENTATIVE LITESA WALLACE


For Immediate Release:
Dec. 8, 2016


For More Information:
State Rep. Litesa Wallace
815-987-7433

Wallace Blasts Unprecedented Energy Rate Hikes Approved by Governor

ROCKFORD, Ill. – State Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, issued the 
following statement after Wednesday's signing of a two billion dollar 
utility bailout and approval of a separate energy rate hike by the 
Illinois Commerce Commission:

"One week after Governor Bruce Rauner brokered the largest rate hike in 
this country's history to bailout a profitable corporation, residents 
learned Wednesday that they would be on the hook for even more money.

"As he signed Senate Bill 2814, the governor-managed Illinois Commerce 
Commission was simultaneously saddling taxpayers in Illinois with a 
fresh $128 million rate increase for ComEd service. It is simply 
irresponsible to continue to work toward deepening the pockets of an 
already profitable energy conglomerate as residents in Rockford and 
around the state deal with the consequences of a reckless budget crisis 
created by the governor.

"With temperatures falling and consumer bills going up, Governor Bruce 
Rauner decided to put profits over people. Taxpayers in Rockford, who 
have faced the loss of critical mental health efforts, senior programs 
and other essential community services, deserve better.

"I call on my colleagues and the governor to shift priorities and begin 
to work in the interest of taxpayers and those who continue to face 
instability due to the budget impasse."

For more information, please contact Wallace's full-time constituent 
service office at 815-987-7433, or email Litesa@StateRepWallace.com.

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