Groups oppose automatic utility rate hikes | The Rock River Times

CHICAGO—Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) and a coalition of consumer advocates voiced their opposition to a legislative proposal that would impose automatic annual rate hikes on millions of consumers' utility bills.

The bill (H.B. 14), as currently introduced by State Rep. Kevin McCarthy (D-37),  would eliminate the long-standing utility rate review process through the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) and allow utility companies to impose automatic rate increases for 10 years. Former Rockford Mayor Doug Scott is chairman of the ICC...