Meanwhile down in Springfield

State House and Senate agree on electric high rate problem

As state lawmakers near a deal, Senate President Emil Jones credits himself for ensuring customers will see discounts on their soaring electric rates.
Jones said Wednesday at the Capitol that consumers wouldn't see the benefits of a $1 billion rate relief package _ the details of which are being finalized _ if he hadn't stopped the rate freeze that House Speaker Michael Madigan and others pushed to provide consumers relief.
Jones called a rate freeze bad public policy that would be locked up in court, and said Madigan and others have finally agreed.
"So I'm glad I held my ground," Jones said. "As a matter of fact, all those who were advocating, the public officials, now recognize that it was the wrong direction to go. But it would be nice if they said so publicly."
Legislators continued working Wednesday to finalize the deal, which would provide about $1 billion in rebates and discounts to consumers over four years on rates that soared when a 10-year rate freeze ended in January.

Jones, Madigan and Blagojevich continue to struggle on a state spending plan for the budget year that began July 1. The three met with Republican leaders for nearly two hours Wednesday.
Madigan, whose Democratic-controlled House approved a budget plan in May, said the leaders were working on a new proposal that "would work very nicely with available resources" and not include a tax increase or an expansion in state-sanctioned gambling.
But Jones, who supports expanded gambling, said Madigan should then find some other source of new dollars to pay for necessary hikes in public school funding.

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  1. SP Biloxi said...
    That's great that there is tip line for call in for corruption. Is there going to be tip line toll free for Urkel: 1-800-TODDLER? Please, can I call that number to turn in the knucklehead??? Ha Ha!

    Feel bad for the Illnoisians paying that high bill of electricity. It is insane!!!
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    We have wind farms through Florida Power & Light in Illinois but ComEd does not buy the electricity from them. ComEd has nuke plants.

    Oh, a nurse practitioner in Cook County who won a huge award recently just got laid off. I saw her interviewed on the TV news. She says she will be fine because she can get another job but she is worried for the patients.
    SP Biloxi said...
    I could have used you yesterday, kittybowtie. A dead rat was on my front lawn. The animal control dude told me that proably a cat caught the rat, killled it, and dragged it to my lawn. Was that you?? LOL!

    "Is that dude thinking about running for president again?"

    And the nurse practioner should be worried since a lot of folks have little to no insurance. The health care system is broken everywhere.
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    I am sure that number has been busy!
    SP Biloxi said...
    "I am sure that number has been busy!"

    KittyBowTie1 said...
    Hey, that was probably a freeloading cat bringing you a present.

    I'm a happy cat. The neighbor lady bought me some cat bubbles. Lawrence Welk would be so proud of me.

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