Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding Senate Bill 9. This week's action by the General Assembly is in addition to the potential $311 million rate hike ComEd recently proposed to the Illinois Commerce Commission:
"Today's unfortunate vote forces electric utility rate hikes on families and businesses all across Illinois.
"I am disappointed that the General Assembly did not protect consumers from overreaching by utility monopolies like ComEd and Ameren. This is bad for families, businesses and our economy.
"Thirty years ago, I spearheaded the drive to create the Citizens Utility Board, a consumer watchdog that today agrees this rate increase approved by the General Assembly is unjustified."