Gordon 'Disappointed' by Electric Rate Increase

By WEEK Reporter

Gordon 'Disappointed' by Electric Rate Increase

October 27, 2011 Updated Oct 27, 2011 at 11:08 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.-- Though electric rate hike legislation passed the General Assembly with a two-thirds majority vote, there were plenty of politicians expressing their disappointment in the wake of the passage.

Peoria Representative Jehan Gordon says she voted against the legislation that would raise consumer electric bills, as the law comes at an inopportune moment in a struggling economy.

"As I walk door to door in our community, I hear from the residents of this district that worry about paying their utility bills," said Gordon. "I worry about our seniors and people on fixed incomes, and that's why I voted against higher electric rates."

Senate Bill 1652 passed through the general assembly last spring, was vetoed by Governor Quinn earlier this year. Just last night, the veto was overturned.

Gordon says the bill takes away an oversight allowing the Illinois Commerce Commission to review rate increases by utility companies.

"As we are still grappling with the effects of this recession, I cannot justify asking struggling families to pay more on their utility bills," continued Gordon. "I will continue to fight to protect the interests of the working families of Illinois."

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