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Critic calls CUB an appendage of power structure; State lawmaker says it's the job of legislators to protect citizens

By Ann Maher | Nov 16, 2015

While the Citizens Utility Board may be prohibited by law from backing candidates for public office, there's no law barring CUB leaders from backing politicians.

State grants to CUB under Quinn are examples of 'mis-prioritization' of spending, lawmaker says

By Ann Maher | Sep 29, 2015

A tax exempt organization that lobbies and litigates against utility companies was awarded $1.5 million in state grants that was used to pay the salaries of existing staff members as well as rent and utilities. Citizens Utility Board received the economic development grants from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity through a budget controlled by former Gov. Pat Quinn.

CUB critics say the utility rate watchdog is more focused on politics than advocating for consumers

By Amanda Robert | Aug 10, 2015

CHICAGO - While the Illinois Citizens Utility Board caught some development and policy experts off guard with its support of the potentially pricey Clean Jobs Bill earlier this year, Dan Proft of the Illinois Opportunity Project contends that he wasn’t surprised. “Sometimes they’ll tilt at windmills, figuratively and literally, if it means sticking it to ComEd,” he said.

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