Illinois House Approves Rate Increase

By WEEK Reporter

May 30, 2011 Updated May 30, 2011 at 6:18 PM CDT

The Illinois House has approved a plan that would allow for higher electricity rates across the state.

The legislation lets Ameren and Commonwealth Edison charge more to pay for improvements to the power grid. Backers of the bill say it would conserve energy and improve performance.

The bill now moves to the Senate.

However, Governor Pat Quinn is against it. and the 67 to 47 vote Monday was not a veto-proof majority, Governor Pat Quinn is likely to block the measure if it reaches his desk.

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