Governor's aid sought in rate fight

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A bill that would roll back electric rates for one year limped out of a House committee Thursday, as lawmakers pleaded with Gov.
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John Koch

Bucyrus, OH

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May 1, 2007
 
It is a sad testament to our political ineptness in the state of Illinois. From the governor's refusal to get involved to Emil Jones and Michael Madigan's tug of war over the electric rate debacle. In the meantime, Ameren and ComEd's cash buckets are overflowing, while consumers' checkbooks are finding themselves on diets.

A word of warning to those who are considering locating in Illinois...don't.
RJ Spencer

Louisville, KY

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May 1, 2007
 
The guv has his own agenda. Pushing his hidden tax plan for education and healthcare, which I thought the lottery and casinos were paying for. The politicians in this state are the fifth best paid in the nation, why should they care about their electric bill?
Why bother to VOTE

New Berlin, IL

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May 2, 2007
 
Every level of Government is controlled by the Lobbyists and Corporations who buy their favors. This country and this state is lost to the GREEDY. This is so sad. We raise our kids to be honest and patriotic, what do we tell them about what is going on with the Government. Oil companies, Energy companies, Drug companies and all the rest have the power and money. We just keep paying, and paying, and paying. A statement made this week by Ameren's CEO while in Florida, Rainwater said "Power prices look set to move ever upward. The fundamentals point to very solid and probably increasing wholesale power prices which should add to margin over time." He also said "Ameren now offered the top returns of any Utility Industry Company, with a target to a 10 percent total returns on investment, a 5 percent dividend matched with a 5 percent bump upward in the stock price. We realize that stock holders buy our stock primarily for the dividends so we put a VERY HIGH PRIORITY ON THE DIVIDENDS." Of course they should make money, but with Ameren, this is their only real mission. They have cut their employees to the bare bone causing hardships for customers during outages and they could care less about how their rates have hurt the poor and Seniors. SHAME ON THE GOVERNMENT FOR ALLOWING THIS TO HAPPEN AND SHAME ON THE GREEDY UTILITIES FOR PUTTING A NECESSITY OUT OF REACH OF SOME CITIZENS!
lillie baugh

Belleville, IL

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May 8, 2007
 
You hit the nail on the head, I am reminded of a lesson taught to me in law class busisness 101 when the world was supposed to be different. The landowner lived in a grand mansion on the hill while the workers slept on floors and ate barley daily. It seems after five hundred years not so much has changed. I am disabled and tried returning to work at this time they have taken my food stamp allotment and next they will try to take my medical and cash assistance meanwhile my car is breaking down and they told me like they did ten years ago when I tried to return to work they can't help me. If i had snuck into this country they would help me all day long my mistake was being born in
america. It is time they listened to the people.
illinois resident

Belleville, IL

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May 11, 2007
 
I will leave this state as soon as I can retire. That will be in 4 years. This State is doomed. Trust me, I have a very good sense of timing, trends, and social evolution. The law makers seems not to understand. There is a super lever of anziety in down state illinois that will see most current elected officals voted out.

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