Case Number: 08-0363

  • December 14, 2009

    Customer called to voice opposition to Nicor's rate increase.
    Orlando Gazzola
  • April 2, 2009

    Please block the Nicor Increase. As a senior citizen, I am struggling to survive with the limited income I currently have. I can't afford another increase in service.

    We need HELP!

    Sincerely,
    Rubie L. Cobbs

    Rubie L. Cobbs
  • April 2, 2009

    I have worked fo this company for 42yrs., I think they are overpaying the "BIG CHEIFS" to much! I know they store gas in underground well's. I would like to know, how long the gas was stored, what price they bought it at, and what they are selling it at. I believe all nicor CEO'S should have a background check.
    Thank You

    gerald dussman
  • April 2, 2009

    In these difficult economic times and with the recent decline in fuel prices, it is absolutely unconscionable of North Illinois Gas Company to consider a rate hike. They must find ways to cut costs in other areas, just as every family and business in the United States is now doing. With the huge deluge of cost of living increases in Illinois (including tax hikes) a rate increase will contribute to citizens and businesses leaving the state, which will further exacerbate our state's economic mess.
    Laura Blobaum Knoerr
  • April 1, 2009

    These are such troubling times and we all need to receive help from people who are supposed to represent the interests of the people not big business. Can the people of Illinois count on those who are supposed to be in our corner? Obviously not. How can you in good conscience continue to vote rate raises for people who are making millions of dollars profit already? It's obvious that business owns you or you would represent us fairly and you have to know that at this time you are not being fair. More people than ever are out of work and struggling to pay bills yet the ICC continues to give the utilities what they want at the expense of the citizens of Illinois. Shame on you!!!
    Annie Gray
  • April 1, 2009

    Dear Illinois Commerce Commission,

    Please help consumers from being taken advantage of by Nicor Gas Company AGAIN and deny their request for a price increase! When gas prices were low we were still charged higher prices, now that fuel prices are lower Nicor wants to make more money by unrealistically increasing their charges. In this current economy shouldn't $120 million be enough profit for Nicor? Public utilities should be more respectful of tax payers and Nicor isn't with this requested increase. Thank you for your consideration.

    S M BUCHHOLZ
  • April 1, 2009

    I do not believe that Nico needs to raise rates right now
    Just because they have not had a raise for years, does not justify one now...especially when the company made a large profit and I assume paid it's management well.

    barbara duffy schultz
  • April 1, 2009

    Please deny the rate increase requested by Nicor Gas Company. We, the people, cannot tolerate any more increases of any kind - we have no more to give! How long before most of the American people are "living in the streets?"
    Ina Sidelnyk
  • April 1, 2009

    To Whom it may concern,

    I find that Nicor's proposed price increase is outrageous and really not explained to it's customers on why they really need this increase. Myself and other residents are dealing with tough financial times paying more and getting less. Our politians tells us to dig in, make sacrafices why can't Nicor. I t seems when things could not get any worse, then a multibillion dollar company with record making profits wants to charge us more. I know for my family my budget is already stretched, I just don't know how much farther I can stretch my dollar until it snaps. I say no to this increase and hope the ICC does not grant this request.

    William Saunders
  • April 1, 2009

    Now is not the time to be raising rates. Middle and lower income class families are hurting more than ever and this rate hike could be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel's back. Do the right thing and provide some relief that our government is not willing to or unable to provide. Thanks for your time and please do the right thing by the hard working families of Illinois.
    Graczyk, Christopher M
  • April 1, 2009

    As a cost-conscious consumer, these proposed rate hikes scare me! I only make a modest income and I want to be able to afford to pay my bills. As it is, we customers are at the mercy of the gas company which is the sole provider of gas service. It is an outrage that rates go up when I read about the sizable profits the gas company made in the past year.
    I hope these rates are not approved.

    Elizabeth Adamczyk
  • April 1, 2009

    I just wish someone would once, just once think of the consumer!! Just how much more can we stand? Thank goodness for advocates like CUB otherwise I suppose the rich continue to grow richer while they suck the average "joe" dry with higher and higher rates!!!!!! Someone do something please!
    Many people including myself have little to no budget with this economy and are really struggling to just maintain the basics, I said basics not luxuries. Enough is enough already.

    Shirlonda Allison
  • April 1, 2009

    Illinois is almost dead last when it comes to Education in comparison to the other 50 states. We have one of the highest total sale taxes in comparison to the other 50 states. Illinois (and Chicago in particular) is backwards and it is not growing. Increasing natural gas rates will not help the situation, it will only exacerbate things.
    Historically, taxing the poor has never had much positive long-term affects for any society in history. Do not raise the rates.

    Emanuel Bramlett
  • April 1, 2009

    If this outrageous rate increase is approved , Then the ICC should be investigated for any pay to play politics. Second thought, they ought to be investigated period!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Donald Dolderer
  • April 1, 2009

    Please examine VERY carefully the Nicor gas fee increase. With their parent company making millions of dollars in profits, I'm finding it difficult to believe they need an increase at this time. Their "retail" arm is also making millions in profits........ they should transfer that money to help with infrastructure needs.
    Donna Pauly
  • April 1, 2009

    I am writing about your decision to grant a $69 million rate hike to Nicor Gas, Last year Nicor's parent company netted nearly $120 million. While most families are struggling to pay for rent and health care, I don't think it's seemly for the Commision to put more money into the pockets of acompany who already proudly claims its strength aand profitability.
    Lawrence Lubertozzi
  • March 31, 2009

    Please do not approve the full Nicor rate increase request, especially do not approve any increase in delivery charges. Nicor makes a good profit and in these tough economic times (I am unemployed myself) rate increases are not warranted. Thank you, Jim
    James Secora
  • March 31, 2009

    Nicor is essentially a MONOPOLY. While I have no problem with any business making a profit, when the public is extremely limited in their choice of a natural gas provider, it hardly makes sense to permit bank-breaking rate increases. I struggled to pay the gas bill while keeping the thermostat at 58 degrees through most of the winter. We will be seeing more elderly(who are on fixed incomes) freezing to death in their own homes if this rate hike is permitted to go into effect. My elderly mother keeps her thermostat at 68 and her utility bill was more than her MORTGAGE! This has got to stop before Nicor prices themselves out of the market. I am looking into solar panels to heat my home and cook my food. Hopefully others do, too and Nicor goes BUST!
    Victoria
  • March 31, 2009

    Now is the time to show that you care about the people of IL and DENY the increase request for once.
    Barbara Lara
  • March 31, 2009

    Where do you think those of us that are on fix incomes are going to find the extra money to pay for more perks for the excs. of Nicor. We already keep our apartment heat in the 60 degrees area. Isn't it about time that the customers where though of? Have you try to live on 23 thousand dollers a year.?
    Are we now going to have to give up heating our homes or give up the medicine that we need to have any kind of life? As we have been able to see for the last several years the only thing that the big companies have on their minds is greed,greed and more greed. How much is enough?

    PLEASE SAY NO TO AN INCREASE IN THE NATURAL GAS RATES

    E. Adams
  • March 31, 2009

    To whom it may concern:

    I am a retired person living on a pension. My retirement investments are so bad that I am now not able to tap into them. My life has gone from comfortable to month by month living.

    A rate increase is not in the public's best interest. People like myself are sitting in homes heated at 65 degrees and covered with blankets. Many will have their gas cut off as of April 1st.

    When your parent company is making large profits than it is time to think of the people who are suffering in this horrible recession. People are unemployed, underemployed and just getting by and now is not the time to seek new rate increases. I have always respected NICOR and their conservative rate increases. Let's help out the public.

    Thank you,

    Rita Haelman

    Rita A Haelman
  • March 31, 2009

    How can you think of raising rates when people are struggling to pay for the basics. By raising your rates, fewer people will be able to pay their bills especially in these tough economic times.
    Mary G.
  • March 31, 2009

    Please put the brakes on NICOR's request for a rate hike.
    They are a utiliy pretty much protected from real competition.
    No private company in a competitive market would dare try such a stunt.
    It represents the worst in corporate greed & arrogance to even have tried.
    Let their stakeholders be glad that NICOR is not eithe GM or Chrysler.
    Those of us who are retired & on fixed incomes do not need these vultures preying on us.
    JRBeck

    J. Robert Beck
  • March 31, 2009

    In regards to the possible increase in nicor gas price,I think it is outrageous to do this especially during the hard times which so many of us are goung through. My winter gas bills were very very very expensive. I live in atown house & one of my monthly bills exceeded $250.00 dollars. Totally ridiculous. Now they want to raise rates, I think it's absolutely unacceptable at this time!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Jack Crunican
  • March 31, 2009

    “It’s difficult, if not impossible, to stimulate a struggling economy if consumers are dumping more and more of their hard-earned cash into their natural gas bills,” Kolata said. “As lawmakers struggle to put more money back into consumers' pockets, today's decision just takes more out.”

    After learning of the fact that Nicor made $120 million last year, I find it incredible that they are asking for an increase. With the hard times that we are in, and the fact that President Obama has made it clear that all money not only from what he is authorizing be put into the economy for stimulus, but what companies are charging consumers be done so responsibly, Nicor should take a second look at increases, and vie for the least amount of increase or none at all to be able to get by during this period in time.

    I know of many who have lost jobs or are taking paycuts to be able to keep their jobs. Is Nicor executives and employees doing the same?

    If you want buy-in for the increase, it might be wise to publicize the things that Nicor has done to try to avoid this increase. For example, CEO or other higher officials not receiving bonuses, receiving pay cuts or freezes on salaries; cutting out unnecessary services temporarily; mandatory furloughs, etc.

    Elizabeth Clinton
  • March 31, 2009

    it is unconscionable that you would seek a rate hike in these dire times. i follow the price of natural gas and that price is falling. how can you justify a price increase? corporate greed got us into the current economic mess and you don't seem to get it. cut the bloated salaries, benefits and golden parachutes in your upper management and streamline your operations before you start asking for price increases.
    ed melody
  • March 31, 2009

    Is the ICC decision to grant NICOR a $69 Million dollar increase so that next year NICOR can post a $189 Million dollar profit???

    Maybe the members of the ICC aren't worried about their job and can afford this outrageous rate hike. But, most of the citizens of Illinois can not. We are worried about keeping our jobs and not living on the street. ANY Utility or company which posts a $120 million profit does not need a rate hike.

    Reviewing the 2008 Proxy statement online it clearly shows why NICOR does NOT need a rate hike.
    -- Target Goal for Gas Net Income $ 42 million
    Actual Income $ 56.5 million
    Percentage difference + 150%

    -- Target Goal for Non-Utility Income $ 60.2 Million
    Actual Income $ 64 million
    Percentage difference + 115%

    When a company exceeds their goals by such a high percentage, then they do NOT need a rate hike. The only reason that they want a rate hike is because of greed. The total compensation of the 5 company officers totals $6.8 million. This is probably low as I only rounded on the first significant digit after the million dollar mark.

    The ICC is suppose to be concerned with and looking out for the citizens of Illinois. But, it comes across to me that the ICC is only concerned with allowing the Utilities to make increases to rates at will. It seems that the ICC is a rubber stamp for the Utilities.

    Mary McCarthy
  • March 31, 2009

    I guess near-record unemployment doesn't bother nor concern this commission. Allowing Nicor any rate hikes in this current climate of economic calamity, demonstrates the ultimate irresponsible act. If the people of Illinois can sacrifice and reduce their debt, so can Nicor. This is nothing more than robbing the people of Illinois of millions, perhaps billions of dollars, to cover up greed and irresponsibility. Make the executive branch of Nicor slash their pay first. Please stop allowing these companies, Gas, Oil, and Electric from any rate hikes until they prove to become more efficient via improving their infrastructure, and cost first and foremost.

    Thank you

    Frankie Jenkins
  • March 31, 2009

    Say no to Nicor Gas Company $60 million rate increase request.
    robert prange angsten
  • March 31, 2009

    As senior citizens an increase in the NICOR rate will make it even harder to heat our house. We keep the temperature set at 64 during the day and 58 in the evening hours. We do this in order to be able to keep our gas bill as low as possible. NICOR and their parent company made enough of a profit last year that they do not need an increase. It is time that someone started thinking of the citizens of this state and not the big corporations.
    Please keep in mind when voting for this increase that there are many of us - senior citizens and others in these hard financial times who are struggling to put food on their table and a roof over their head. A gas rate increase will provide a hardship to many people.
    Thank you for giving this matter thoughtful consideration before making your vote.

    Donna Scholz

    Donna Scholz
  • March 31, 2009

    Please DO NOT RAISE OUR RATES these are hard times and with the Governor of Illinois raising our taxes by 50% and the rising cost of everything from food, gas, etc ---we CAN NOT AFFORD BIGGER INCREASES IN UTILITIES!!. Since your salaries are keeping up with this so called "recession" which is more like "Depression" to those of us that make very little money and our battling to pay our mortgages and holding down to our jobs (which are going to India) and dealing with neighbors who are losing their homes -----we do NOT need your increase. You people Need to be in the same position as the rest of us to know whats its like to live on a fixed income!!!!

    Have some compassion for the elderly who live on social security checks and have to cut back on medication they desperately need and now "YOU" want to raise the rates??!!!!

    GREED WILL BE YOUR DOWNFALL. NOTHING LASTS FOREVER--EVEN GIANTS FALL.

    VIRGINIA GOMEZ
  • March 31, 2009

    We have seen utility price hikes before, along with the usual explanations that this hike is really adding up to only $3.00 per month on your bill, OR we thought we planned appropriately last year, but find a current shortfall in order to yada yada yada.

    But to burdern the public AT THIS TIME, with jobless rate rising dailyand financial security only something we are dreaming about returning by 2011, Noerthern Illinois Gas Company d/b/a Nicor Gas Company must withdraw this untimely proposal.

    During these economic times of "reversal of fortune" the average American is looking to all forms of leadership, whether in government, corporate sector, private sector or thier own neighborhood, to think of new avenues for creative budgeting that will result NOT in price hikes, but price reduction.

    Thank you for the opportunity to submit my comment
    M. Robeson

    M. Robeson
  • March 31, 2009

    I don't know how you can ask for a rate increase when you made this big profit. People are losing jobs every day plus when they do get one it's for 1/2 of what they made. The utilities are making IL. a place that nobody can live in. You give the CEO"S a big raise and pay management big sums of money. The President said everyone should help this economy get back on it's feet but Nicor is doing the opposite. I say vote down the Increase because it's not needed.
    Mr. Marion Bartys

    Mr. Marion Bartys
  • March 31, 2009

    I strongly object to a general increase in natural gas rates for NICOR GAS COMPANY.
    We are senior citizens living on a fixed income and any increase would mean further cuts into an already strained budget. This past winter, we had to keep our house temperature at 65 degrees in order to afford our utility bills. Even at that temperature, it was not easy to pay the bills.

    When I read of NICOR's already high profits of last year, I cannot understand why the ICC would even consider an increase in their rates with the national and world economy in the mess it is in.

    Most of the areas general population are being forced by circumstances to make cuts to even "get by" in this economic crisis. Therefore, I ask why our service providers cannot do the same?

    NICOR executives should do as President Obama has done and put a STOP on any salary hikes, or increase in expenditures, etc,

    Perhaps, if NICOR learned to budget and cut back as we have had to do, they could even lower their rates. If they need lessons in economizing and cutting back, perhaps they would hire me. I have a lot of experience in that regard.

    Mrs. Carole Justice
  • February 1, 2010

    In view of NiCor's continuing high profits, I see NO justification for your permitting a rate increase, which will further contribute to the financial burdens we are already facing.
    Surely, the ICC is here to represent the best interests of state residents & not those of corporations!

    I'd appreciate receiving your response.
    Phyllis Arist

    Phyllis Arist
  • March 31, 2009

    Nicor should be ashamed for raising it's rates during these hard times. We as tax payers are being hit from all angles, and for what purpose will this increase prevent Nicor from not providing us service if it doesn't receive this increase, it would appear that the infrastructure is already in place, and the process to provide this service is not changing?
    william reeves
  • March 31, 2009

    It is the ICC's duty to constrain public utilities from gouging Illinois residents while providing the company enough revenue to provide reliable service. If Nicor made 120M last year adding 69M (over 50% increase) is way to much and an added burden to an already suffering population.
    Scott Boyer
  • March 31, 2009

    It is my understanding that the ICC is supposed to protect the interests of the Illinois consumer against gouging by the utilities. Is it truly in the interest of the comsumer to grant a rate hike of almost $69 million to Nicor Gas when the parent company made almost $120 million in profit. During these economic times, when the whole country is struggling, shouldn't companies who ARE making money be content with that amount of profit? Shouldn't you be looking out for the interests of the general masses who are struggling to pay the bills they have as appossed to allowing the bills to be higher? How much profit is too much? How much profit is enough? Many companies are struggling to survive. Everyone knows that a utility has a captive audience. If you need natural gas, the only one who can deliver it is the local gas utility. If you need electric, the only one who can get you the electricity is the local electric company. You can't shop around. And you certainly can not get along without gas and electric. The economic climate of the country should be your guide in granting increases, not the amount of profit that the stock holders will get.

    In my opinion, it would be better to postpone a rate hike for any utility until this country pulls itself out of the recession that it has gotten us into. As long as a company can meet its expenses, a small profit is acceptable, but not a huge profit. As the prices go higher, more and more people will be unable to pay, putting the burden on the people who are paying. Why not keep the bills lower so people can afford to pay them and at least Nicor will be able to pay their bills.

    Do your job and protect the consumer. That is what you are supposed to do, so do it. It is your responsibility to keep the rates at a fair price and a increase of the customer charge from $8.85 to $14.00 does not seem like a fair increase. To my way of thinking, an overall increase of 4% to 5% could possibly be considered fair. But salaries are not going up, and many people are actually loosing jobs, while the cost of living continues to go up and up. If our country is to survive, every company must be willing to run at only a small profit and not continue to raise prices. The people at the top have gotten used to unrealistic salaries and they need to take a hit also.

    Please do not allow the gas and electric companies help to drive the comsumers to bankruptcy. Do your job and protect the little people. We have to stop the run-away economic train and get things back into prospective.

    Repectfully yours,

    Pamela Plencner

    Pam Plencner
  • March 31, 2009

    I object to Nicor's request for an increase. At a time when homeowners and businesses are struggling, Nicor has already been profitable. Please do not grant this increase.
    Robert Craig
  • March 31, 2009

    I can't believe that this increase was approved at all! Do not allow us to be victims once again by the greed of these utilities! Utilities are a necessity and not just a convenience. Defend your consituents and appeal this! The charges now are excessive and to prove that point, look at NICOR's bottom line! They made a profit...a PROFIT. Utilities should never make a profit. NEVER.
    Bonita Billett
  • March 31, 2009

    My husband and I are on a fix income and with the economy being he way it is, we cannot afford a rate increase. We are not in the position to afford another increase. We are constantly pinching pennies and are barely making end mee. Therefore, please hear our cry to not approved this rate increase. So many people on fix income are not in the position to handle another rate increase. We willl find ourselves in the cold and without heat because we cannot afford an increase. We are in a pinch. Please do not let this happen and we do not want to experience another AIG. We and other citizen and not stand another.

    Thanks and do the right thing!

    Ora Windmon
  • March 31, 2009

    As consumers, I believe we were gouged last year. It seems for those of us who work hard to conserve their consumption, whether it's hanging out laundry or enduring a cold home, are getting hit even harder for trying to use less.

    You only have to drive down I-88, see their headquarters and be reminded that this company has a "drop dead" attitude toward consumers. Don't enable them to continue. No prices increases.

    Thank you,

    Lori Misek

    Lori Misek
  • March 31, 2009

    Dear Sirs;

    NO RATE HIKE FOR NICOR, for economic reasons to obvious to mention.

    Thank you,

    Barbara Kravets

    Barbara Kravets
  • March 31, 2009

    During a down market, I find it completely ridiculous for a rate increase. People are having a hard time holding on to their homes, yet NICOR is going to raise the gas rates. When is this insanity going to end?
    Lois Durkin
  • March 31, 2009

    I am very concerned regarding the proposed increase in the gas rates, most especially since the company made a $120 million dollar profit. How much is enough when our economy is in such a dangerous state and when individulas without jobs or on retirement have a difficult time paying for gas currently. To increase rates in these times is tatamont to saying that the NICOR and the ICC do not care about common individuals. Waiting until a better economic time to revise rates would be the moral and caring thing to do.

    Consider those who are suffering and not raise the rates.

    Thank you

    Walter Jamrose
  • March 31, 2009

    It is exceedingly disappointing that the legislature would pass an increase for Nicor's flat fee in this dire economic time. Even though this may appear to be a minor adjustment to those with excellent jobs and benefits, like our elected officials, these rate increases along with continuing high gasoline prices are taking a terrible toll on those least able to afford it.

    Please consider CUB's position. The Citizen Utility Board speaks for the masses when our voices seem not to be heard in Springfield. Those of us who suscribe to CUB to watch out for our interests, will also be watching the votes in Springfield and will definitely take those into account at the next election.

    Gerald M. Scroggins
  • March 31, 2009

    I would like to protest yet another rate hike. How are we to survive in these hard economic times with all of the increases in rates, gas etc. I am unemployed as are thousands of others, we are struggling every month to make ends meet. I am hopeful that we can hold off the proposed rate increase as my heating bills are astronomical already.

    Thank you

    Mrs. L. Leato
  • March 31, 2009

    NICOR does not need a rate increase. The people of Illinois need a break. With unemployment going up, taxes going up, we do not need a rate increase for a utility which is necessary for life to exist in this state.
    Pat Thompson
  • March 31, 2009

    Raising rates right now in this economy when there are so many people struggling is not only appalling but shows your lack of concern and understanding. I cannot believe that Nicor thinks that this is OK, with taxes being raised in Illinois, people losing homes, jobs, to just be another leach puts you in the same level as politicians, bankers and Wall Street.

    Why can't you be a company that stands up for their customers and does something to offer relief? Even Ford Motors is finding a way to help their customers in hard times.

    You may be viewed in a better light and get your rate hikes at another time when your customers are appreciative of your assistance and service.

    Arleane Huesman
  • February 1, 2010

    What is enough to satisfy the greed of NICOR? Does the corporation have any sense of compassion or decency? The country's in the shape we're in because of out of control corporate greed. Stop already and wake up.

    Jo-Ellen Schlademan

    Jo-Ellen schlademan
  • March 31, 2009

    A $120 million profit sounds pretty good to me, particularly when corporations all around us are going bankrupt, out of business or taken over by the government. Check the unemployment figures and rethink - why in the world would this look like a good time for a massive rate hike by anyone? While you contemplate these facts, also think about what excessive greed has done to the banking, insurance and auto industries, and listen to you customers telling you "we're not going to take it anymore!",
    Joan Adams
  • March 31, 2009

    There should be no rate increase at a time when families are struggling to meet expenses such as food, housing and health insurance, and after a year when the parent company of Nicor Gas made nearly $120 million. The needs of consumers should not be overshadowed by corporate interests.
    Carla Eisenberg
  • March 31, 2009

    to: ICC Please rethink your decision to let nicor raise there rates. with unemployment at record highs and people without health care because they can't afford the premiums, now is the time to lower rates. please do not perpetuate the greed, of the big Utilities, at the expense of those of us who find it harder to get by from day to day. thank you for your time.
    Signed John and Sandie Gunther

    John and Sandie Gunther
  • March 31, 2009

    Now is not the time for any type of increase... The public is cashed strapped.
    Scott Spafford
  • February 1, 2010

    Today we are all in an economy where unemployment is the highest in 30+ years, citizens are unable to pay for healthcare, their mortgage, and even put food on their tables. Employers are not hiring and those citizens who have jobs are being asked to take pay cuts or uncompensated furlow days. In this type of environment, how can you grant a utility company this huge rate increase? Has management mismanaged the company and needs money to cover the mistakes? Have the officers of the company taken a volentary pay decrease to set the example? Are the officers of the company traveling to exotic locations for business meetings? I can't believe there aren't cost cutting measures the company can take to minimize or completely negate this huge rate increase proposal. I am willing, since I run my own business, to serve as an executive with decision making powers and I can guarantee I'm able to do a better job than the current leaders. But then I'm focused on the consumers and not how I make more profits and improve my lifestyle. The voters have memories and the decisions rendered on this increase and many other tax and cost increases will be reflected in the upcoming elections. I personally intend to keep track of these decisions on a spreadsheet and then campaign against the elected officials who have a callous disregard for the ordinary citizen and voter in this state who is struggling to make ends meet.
    Frank Kudia
  • February 1, 2010

    NICOR needs to be watched. They make errors and costly errors on bills. They give people a hard time when the bill is questioned. When you get a customer relations person they just read the bill like you can't read. If you ask for a corrected bill they told me they couldn't send a corrected bill and told me because she said her amount was the correct amount. Some people working at NICOR should not be there. They are not to be trusted. They make a great deal of errors. Their prices are already high and aren't afordable. They aren't considerate of people that have to use their service. They make changes in people's property without sending a notice or send the notice to some people but not the people in an area. This guy came in my yard and walked pass me and when I asked what he was doing He got an attitude. What do they need an increase in rates for? They certainly aren't giving better service.
    jacqueline Ross
  • March 31, 2009

    It is moronic to increase NICOR rates when they had profits of $120 million last year. We are in the worst recession in 30 years and it is rate increases like this that will push us into the next great depression.
    Rick Sprague
  • March 31, 2009

    This is truly unfathomable. At this time when we are losing our jobs and homes, this company wants to make more in profits. Capitalism at its worse. We are struggling with the economy and other problems. NO MORE RATE HIKES at the expense of those struggling with the economy, losing our jobs and homes.
    Regina Kasper
  • March 31, 2009

    I am against the proposed general increase in natural gas rates. It is obvious that we, as Americans, are in extreme times. Many are suffering. Those at the top must be willing to make sacrifices too! Suffering and/or sacrificing to-often lends itself only to the unfortunate.

    Please vote NO INCREASE.

    Sharon Lively
  • March 31, 2009

    Please do not allow NICOR to raise their gas prices - in times of recession this will hit working families hard. Instead ask NICOR's CEO's to reduce their already high salaries and make cuts in their personal luxuries.
    Ravi Grover
  • March 31, 2009

    This winter was the most expensive heating season I have ever had in my 35 years living in my
    1890's home. We have insulated the attic, have storm windows and even interior film sheets over
    exposed windows. We turned the heat down to 68 degrees yes still had two bills over $500 !!!!

    At this rate along with rising real estate taxes to cover the cost of a growing population needing more
    schools and public infrastructure, we may be forced out of our beloved home.

    Please do not allow the profit taking of Nicor to become a burden on those of us who live in older building stock and living on retirement income.

    Thank you,

    Rev Thomas P. Rosa
  • March 31, 2009

    We are already getting the shaft with all the proposed local government increases! If it is not the CTA, its the new parking cost and state income tax and taxes on taxes! We are all in this together and 120 million last year is not a bad profit just ask the number of businesses that had a lost! start with AIG! Gives us a break or are we to bail out every Tom, Dick and Harry?
    Vote no the rate increase!

    Carlos Cardona
  • March 31, 2009

    The proposed rate hike for Nicor Gas consumers is not in the best interest of the customer. With many people losing their jobs and everyone affected by the slowed economy, rate hikes at this time by Nicor seem not only inappropriate but just plain wrong. Hopefully the rate hike can be stopped with the concerns for the consumer placed above the concerns for profits.
    Ronald Rembert
  • March 31, 2009

    Please do not allow an increase in natural gas rates. Though the economy for the corporation may suggest the need, Nicor had 120 million dollar profit! Please consider the plight of the consumer for at least another iyear. We need the ability to heat water, cook, and stay warm!

    Thank you for your re-consideration and fairness to all.

    Carol Clothier
  • March 31, 2009

    I would like to oppose the NICOR price increase. Every Corporation is entitled to a profit but not at the expense of their customers who really do not have a choice in which fuel they use. Even though their is a said competition it is totally illogical to think anyone would switch from gas to electric or oil, as the expense is un-imaginable. This is not a competitive item and un tegulated companies are not really an option when you look deep, it is all icing on a very bad cake.
    Make a profit and turn reinvest it in their clients not in other ways that are unexplainable to the public.

    Wiliam Reidinger
  • March 31, 2009

    Stop the increase of natural gas rates; how much more profit does the company need from the consumer....
    Duy Chung
  • March 31, 2009

    I am against raising gas prices. My husband has been looking for a job for almost 5 years. Luckily our home of 34 years is paid off, but to sit in the only place you have when you are unemployed and have to worry about just keeping warm is not the way I thought I would EVER have to live. I have taught my family not to waste and to conserve energy, but the next step would have to be doing without. Absolutely ridiculous. Everybody should be on the same page with jobs and earnings at this time. Unless it is your own private business, what right does anybody have to raise any price higher than the cost to just run it.
    Sue Ernst
  • March 31, 2009

    I THINK THE NICOR LEADERSHIP SHOULD IMPLEMENT A SALARY CUT FOR ALL EMPLOYEES FROM TOP TO BOTTOM. EVERYWHERE THIS IS HAPPENING RATHER THAN RAISING RATES OR CUTTING BACK ON SERVICE.

    IF EVERYBODY RAISED RATES AND INCREASED PRICES DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT WILL HELP THE ECONOMY? I DON'T THINK SO.

    ALAN LOFGREN
  • March 31, 2009

    I whole heartedly ask you to please not grant the requested rate hike for Nicor Gas Company.
    With the state of the economy today, I find myself the head of household with a spouse who is unable to find work and has run out of unemployment insurance.
    Bills are hard to pay and raising the bills of hard working Americans who are struggling to pay them in the interest of helping a company reap more profits than the nearly $120,000,000 last year is quite sickening.

    I would hope that the Attorney General would investigate any decision thoroughly as granting an extra $60,000,000+ to a company to find out the whole reasoning behind the decision.

    PLEASE rule against the request from Nicor Gas Company to increase rates.

    Sincerely,
    Matt

    Matt Ballok
  • February 1, 2010

    Enough is enough. The gas company always tries to convince me that they make no money off these increases. What a lie. In these horrible economic times how can they keep raising rates? People don't have enough money to keep their homes and feed their families, now they will have to go without heat because no one will be able to afford it. The gas company is just another bunch of greedy, ignorant, non caring people.
    Laura Thilk
  • March 31, 2009

    Keep the price low, we paying a lot.
    Ireneusz Brzozowski
  • March 31, 2009

    I am a citizen very concerned about this rate hike. We are struggling right now to stay in our home, let alone have to worry about the ever increasing price of natural gas. It cost us over $3K last year to heat our house for the winter. Everytime I turn around we have a new bill and I am self-employed and don't make that much money and the majority of my income goes on utilities. Please stop this rate hike. If it goes through, I will lose my home because I can't afford it anymore, as well as increasing my rates for my services would be null and void because the parents are struggling just like I am to pay me and their bills. There will be a trickle down effect to this. Someone is not going to get paid and more than likely, it will be the daycare provider. Think of the consumers, please. Haven't we paid through the nose enough?

    Evelyn

    EVELYN SANDERS WALKER
  • March 31, 2009

    We are retired and live on a fixed income, any more increases in rates petaining to utilities will force us to rethink purchases of medicine and/or life saving medicines. Nicor reported a profit last year. Why is another increase necessary?
    Maureen Ugolini
  • March 31, 2009

    In this era of abundant natural gas, I find it incomprehensible that Nicor wants to raise rates. I know of no one who is unaffected by this economic downturn, including myself. I see nothing that would justify a rate increase as long as Nicor is still making any profit. As an enterpreneur I well understand the need for Nicor to reinvest in infrastructure, but I cannot endorse a rate increase. People are struggling to put food on the table, your rate increase is completely unnecessary, and unacceptable.
    karen Peterson
  • March 31, 2009

    Why is it that the consumer is the only one who is getting their pockets picked? If you beleive you need a raise in rates why dont you dip into your CEO'S and EXECUTIVE'S pockets for a change or whom ever else is making an excessive amount of money at your company. People are struggling now trying to make ends meet. Im sure you can survive on what the consumers have been paying on your service. And when you raise the rates and the consumer has no money to pay you shut their service off. Isnt that a humane thing to do. There are alot of people out there that dont make alot of money but are told they make to much to receive any assistance. And try going on a payment plan forget it. Enough is enough. Lower your wages and salaries, and dip into your own pockets for a change. Quit dipping into our pockets because we cant afford it.
    Laurie Delgado
  • March 31, 2009

    STOP THE $69 MILLION DOLLAR RATE INCREASE!!!!!

    TIM JOHNSON

    Tim Johnson
  • March 31, 2009

    Nicor is trying to get moneyfrom people who are struggling in this economy.My wife and I are senior citizens on a fixed income but must use Nicor facitlites to stay warm Is there no feeling for the middleclass and l ow in c ome families anymore shame on you Nicor
    P.Schmalz
  • March 31, 2009

    With the bad economy right now we the public are going absolutely nuts trying to keep our heads above water. Many of us are not in the statistics showing how many people are in jeopardy of losing their homes if they cant keep making their mortgage payments. We cant have rates and prices being raised all over the place until some of the economy gets better for us. This bad economy will not stand a chance of getting better if these increases cant be stopped or delayed.
    Cynthia Kocol
  • March 31, 2009

    Each gas bill is higher than the next. The majority of people are having a difficult time dealing with all of their financial issues due to the economy and many people have to pick and choose what bills they can pay month to month. Greed on the part of large companies and individuals has gotten us behind the eight ball we are behind today. We do NOT NEED NICOR to follow suit. The public needs a break from HIGHER GAS BILLS. NICOR exec's need to step back and consider what is best for "the little people" as they sit in their plush offices and enjoy their lofty salaries. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!! NO MORE RATE INCREASES!!!!!
    COLLEEN O'BRIEN
  • March 31, 2009

    I want to voice my opposition to Nicor Gas' $69 million rate hike. I ask that the ICC listen to the arguments against the increase upon appeal.
    Jim
  • March 31, 2009

    How can any company which make a profit as Nicor did in the last period, be granted a rate hike? At the very best, rates should be maintained, so that Nicor is compelled to seek further efficiencies? How can there be any incentive for any regulated supplier to seek efficiencies when prices are increased and the ICC effectively acquiesces to a rate of return? Furthermore, rate hikes in an economy which is receding indicates that either the ICC is out of touch or more worryingly it has been subject to regulatory capture.
    Viv Cheong
  • March 26, 2009

    The price of natural gas is one-third now what it was one year ago. Please explain how you justify a price increase now. I support supply based increased, and recognize the cost of doing business, but don't understand this increase.

    Thank you.

    M. Sprandel
  • March 26, 2009

    I could barely afford my gas bill as it is and now the ICC approves an increase. Look at the economy and how many people that have lost their jobs. this is an outrage.
    Jb Hanson
  • March 10, 2009

    This rate hike is unfair when so many of the Nicor consumers are out of work or have reduced income. This will add to the burden of many families who can least afford the increase. There have been too frequent increases over the past 5 years.
    Charlene Tarter
  • March 9, 2009

    In light of the economic situation that many families are facing to date, it really is salt in the wound to increase rates for the basic necessities. I understand that the companies claim that the increases are reflective of the market or that they're for infrastructure maintenance, etc. we, as consumers only ask that the Commission review the relevant proposal(s) by Nicor and fairly judge whether the increase is justified or whether the rate increase is tantamount to 'highway robbery' of the citizens of Illinois. After probably generating so much profit in the past year, asking for a rate hike now is truly disgusting. Can Nicor not "balance their budget" except on the backs of the citizenry?

    Yours,
    Yvette Morris

    Yvette Morris
  • March 9, 2009

    I do not feel that Nicor Gas should be allowed a natural gas rate increase. In light of the tough economy they should not continue to make profits when many businesses (and families) are facing no income increases and even filing bankruptcy.
    Steve Kerchner
  • March 6, 2009

    Tell nicor to forget it. They made record profits last year and are still making a profit now. In today's economy, we dont need to make the rich richer. Its time to take a stand against big business in america.
    Jason Werren
  • March 6, 2009

    I'm opposed to an increase in the price of gas proposed by Nicor Gas Company. Gas costs are high enough and an increase will hurt people who are on a fixed income. Pensions and Social security does not increase enough to meet increasing utility costs. Higher costs will be a hardship for people who are already struggling in our current economic crisis.
    Christine Dahmer
  • March 6, 2009

    I am opposed to Nicor's proposed general increase because the rates they charge are already high enough to sustain their business. As a rule of thumb, a utility is a legal monopoly established for the good of the people they serve and as such are not to be construed as a "profit-making" business. Nicor has consistently kept their rates high even when the market indicated declining prices. Nicor had an obligation to pass along the savings to its' customers, which they didn't. Nicor also engages in trying to sell additional services at inflated prices, i.e. "Comfort Guard" and "Budget Plans".

    The time has come that utilities be forced, via regulation and applicable anti-trust laws which allow for the operation of a legal monopoly, to be run as such in its' strictest interpretation. Thus, Nicor should charge enough for their product / service to cover their operating expenses and infrastructure needs, either new or existing. But they should not be allowed to charge their customers higher than required rates to achieve excess profit.

    In my opinion, Nicor already charges in excess of their needs.

    Michael Ciric
  • March 6, 2009

    It's a crime for them to ask for more money! We don't have anymore to give and that's that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Jeremy Bates
  • March 3, 2009

    I'm against this rate hike. Nicor has a long history of bloated spending and incompetent management. We the captive users should not be asked to pay for this increase from this poorly run and managed company and it's inability to properly run its business. Their constant rate hikes and poor planing should not be paid for by the isers of their service. Instead the company's employees and shareholders should share the cost of their own incompetency. Instead of a rate/fee increase they should instead be required to lower their rates/fees/charges.
    vince incopero
  • March 10, 2009

    Too much money going out, work slows down am in construction business have to compete with illegals and Greedy Corps and shareholders are complaining they aren't making enough money uh....Excuse me....aint my fault they got involved in the shady deals that cost em a lot of money. What did they do with the Money they earned from before?? Not a happy camper about constant rate increases with shoddier service. They should manage what they have as I have to manage what I have. Let me see...can't go to doctor cause I can't afford....Utilities eating me up. Insurance eating me up, Taxes eating me up. Other living expenses eating me up...Gee when do I get to eat??
    Shawn Warren
  • February 23, 2009

    With everyone struggling to hang onto their jobs and homes in the scariest climate since the 30's - 75 years ago, here comes Nicor wanting to raise their revenues by 25%! That's insane! Maybe the ploy is to shoot high in hopes of lifting their revenues more with a high artificial number. Even in a normal economy that would be a huge increase. I hope the ICC helps the public by going over Nicor's proposal with a fine tooth comb. If something is justified fine, but 25% sounds like a crazy number.
    Chris
  • February 23, 2009

    We feel that the proposed increase in natural gas rates is unjustified especially considering we just had an increase last year, and there is no increase in delivery expense that justifies the increase in delivery charges. We feel this is a fabricated need by the utlity to further line their pockets on the back of the rate payer. The gas market is largely influenced by the inaction of our elected representatives who have failed to adequately address the countries energy needs and have acted to drive the price of gas higher by not allowing the required drilling and further development of our natural resources. At a time when housing starts and industrial development are at an all time low, all other development is at a standstill and the current administration is yet to release a coherenent energy plan, this increase is further unwarranted, unneccesary and a foolish waste of money. We feel that neither NICOR or their customers will suffer any service loss or business risk if this rate increase is not passed, and therefore it shouldn't be. These are extradrodinary economic times and we all need to spend much more wisely, and put off those things we "want to do" and focus on what we "need to do". We do not feel that Nicor has made the case in these extradrodinary times that the need for this increase meets this test.
    Thank you for your consideration

    John Ciba
  • February 23, 2009

    These Utility companies don't NEED anymore rate increases. It's not as if we get better service - I switched to the Lock 12 program serveral months ago - NICOR lock 12 doesn't acccept electronic payments - only snail mail - THEY LOST MY CHECK FOR THE THIRD MONTH. They want a rate increase and the service keeps going down hill. This is ridiculous. They make millions in profits and demand more increases but are not held accountable to anyone for the money they rake in.

    STOP THIS INSANITY and demand they account for every dime and make sure they aren't giving their CEO's multi-million dollar bonuses while crying POOR every year.

    I am sick of these utility companies getting away with robbery.

    Lynn Urlaub
  • February 23, 2009

    In this economy, where millions upon millions of homeowners are loosing their life savings, health insurance, jobs, and homes, I do not think it is wise to impose an increase in their already high utility bills. My husbands hours were reduced in July and we are barely making ends meet as it is, if you increase our utilities, it will force us to decide between food and utilities. We cannot live without heat in Illinois, nor do we have the ability to sell our home and move to a warmer climate. We are stuck with a high mortgage and high debt, we cannot afford any more increases. Please give us a break. I applied for L.I.H.E.A.P., and was only given enough for two months of utilities. I cannot afford to pay $150-$300 per month just for Nicor Gas.
    Alexandria Peters
  • February 23, 2009

    I oppose the rate increase because it is not necessary. Many entities have taken advantage of our economic woes in the United States. They have blamed the economy for price/rate increases. The downturn in the economy is not the result of middle-class consumers although we absorb the decisions that an "elite 10%" make. The rate increase is a result of monetary gluttony and political favors. Why is it necessary? How about transparent operations? I think Nicor should hold regional town hall meetings with its consumers to explain these rate increases. Holding a community-based question and answer sessions would give the impression that Nicor desires to assist consumers on negotiable terms.

    My gas bill is absurd! We closely monitor our thermal usage. Nicor is not in a financially compromising situation unlike many of its consumers. I currently have a disconnection notice requiring an insane down payment. If I could meet the down payment requirements, perhaps I could have paid the monthly bill amount!

    Nicor is increasing rates because it is a monopoly and it has the clout and financial backing to do so. What is the justification for a rate increase? Nicor is a gas utility company - a necessity for consumers regardless of economic conditions. A rate increase during current economic instability would be a very violent assault towards consumers. A rate increase would cause my family to make some tough decisions. We are a frugal middle-class family. We are probably a handful of individuals without cable because it is just not financially wise. However, I do not have the option of sacrificing gas! My children deserve to live, play, and bathe in a comfortable home environment.

    Rate increases coupled with service decreases seems to be a normal manner of doing business in the United States...not a democracy...more like socialism... How long will the economy be the escapegoat for corporate mismanagement, greed, and power. The economy has been the escapegoat since September 11, 2001. We are the United States of America! Has Nicor developed a strategy to maintain operation costs without jeopardizing the livelihood of its consumers through a usage rate increase? Undoubtedly, Nicor would respond yes. If the strategy has been developed is available for public viewing? The real strategy - not the strategy that would build Nicor's defense of a rate increase.

    Please consider the immense effect a rate increase would present on economy of the state of Illinois. The math is simple if a consumer allocates more money to a gas bill, then another bill or resource is has money subtracted from it.

    Walton
  • February 19, 2009

    I have seen that NICOR is requesting a rate increase. I can not believe that a company that made the amount of money they did last year needs to have an increase in rates. Please do the right thing and deny their request.
    Brian Fullerton
  • February 1, 2010

    2 months ago, Peoples Gas sent a letter asking if I wanted to lock in my gas rates. In my rearch I found that many months prior to this Peoples Gas hedged their rates (at a higher price, anticipating higher prices) but did not offer me the option to lock in rates at that time. My conclusion is that they were willing to gouge me by paying the hedged rate and selling it to me at a higher market rate, but since the price turned against them, now they want me to assume their hedge position.
    Since I (and I assume, a lot of other customers) did not wish to participate, they are claiming their transmissions cost need to be increased.
    Do NOT reward them for making a bad business decision.

    Edward Wojton
  • February 19, 2009

    In todays current financial environment everyone should be trying to find ways to save money, energy and PEOPLE. A rate increase at this time is irresponsible and unwarrented. Contacts with NICOR customer service (I use the term loosely) are a joke.
    Bills are increasing and when, after several calls I ask to talk to a supervisor, I am told that's "not possible". My Q: Ah, why not? I'm the CUSTOMER.
    A friend has had an ongoing battle about her monthly charges and even requested a field inspector come out and check the meter. He did and took a NEW reading, but when the friend called the call center, she was told the inspector must have made and error (and, he was wrong). The bill is the bill.
    Rate increase - NO. Increase in "Customer Service" - Yes.
    Be a responsible part of the community and the customer will probably not HATE doing business with you. H-E-L-L-O? Can U hear us now?

    N K Thompson
  • February 1, 2010

    Nicor should NOT be allowed to raise rates at this point in time. The economy is tanking hard with no end in site, and people are already having problems paying their utility bills as it is. Another rate increase is not needed. It would cause too many people to not be able to pay their bills in full or in a timely fashion. And most of us who can't pay our bills as we should, and used to mind you, don't qualify for utility assistance, so what happens to us? We get cut off cuz Nicor is being greedy like the big oil companies? When does the BS stop?
    PLEASE! Do NOT allow the rate increase to go through. It's not like they use the rate increases for anything other than to give themselves raises. I've yet to see any Nicor workers in my area "upgrading" a darn thing. Get real! It's being asked for out of greed and nothing more. Give the customers a break for God's sake.

    Melissa W.
    Fed up Customer

    Melissa W.
  • September 30, 2008

    Objects t the rate increase. Fix income doesn't increase.
    Jill Liedlich
  • September 29, 2008

    I think its bad for companies to ask for rate hikes when their current profits are so high and customer have trouble meeting daily needs. its not fair for them to keep making more money.
    Gordon Ruhnke
  • September 17, 2008

    I oppose any rate hike especially on seniors with the economy being bad I'm being over taxed and over burned with increases.
    Paul Coutre
  • September 8, 2008

    If Nicor's request for rate decoupling is granted, the utility needs to adopt a more aggressive conservation effort than it is proposing here. A first step would be better (more targeted) consumer information.

    A major impediment to residential conservation right now is the fact that homeowners have no idea how their usage compares to their neighbors. The heaviest natural gas users don't even know who they are, even though Nicor surely has that information readily at hand. The ICC should demand that comparative information be passed along to consumers in every month's bill.

    All I'm talking about is a simple line of text added to the billing statement: "Your natural gas usage for the past 6 months was NN percent below/above the average usage for homes in your zipcode". This one piece of information could make all the difference; the lightest users wouldn't waste their money on new insulation or windows, and heaviest users would be more likely to request home energy audits and work to improve their energy efficiency. Don't let Nicor tell you this change in billing software would require 100 staff-years to implement. I'm a programmer, I can assure you sure such a change would be trivial.

    Michael Walsh
  • September 3, 2008

    No way to higher energy rate increases in Illinois.
    Mary Dusek
  • August 28, 2008

    I am opposed to the rate increase.
    Virginia Richmond
  • August 5, 2008

    I BELIEVE THERE IS WRONG DOING WITH NICOR'S PRICING. THEY HAVE REPORTED 61% PROFIT, HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE THEY HAVE BEEN CHARGING MORE FOR THEIR SERVICES AND I OPPOSE ANY RATE INCREASE. TODAY IN THE WALLSTREET JOURNAL NICOR REPORTED 61% PROFIT. I WAS TOLD BY NICOR THEY WERE ALLOWED TO CHARGE WHAT THEY PAY FROM $9 TO $12 THAT'S 12% INCREASE. WHO CAN ACCOUNT FOR THIS COMPANY GOUGING CUSTOMERS? THEY ARE A TOTAL "RIP OFF" AND THEY RUN THEIR OPERATION VERY POORLY. HAVE YOU EVER DEALT WITH THEIR REPRENSENTATIVES THEY ARE VERY RUDE. HE DIDN'T GET ANY RELIEF UNTIL HE CALLED THE ICC SOME MONTHS AGO AND THEN HE GOT SOMEONE WHO WAS REASONABLE.
    FRED DAEBEL
  • July 23, 2008

    I OPPOSE THE RATE INCREASE. A GAS COMPANY REP CAME OUT TO OUR HOUSE TO CHECK SOMETHING OUT AND HE EVEN HE SAID "WE'RE BEING RIPPED OFF LEFT AND RIGHT."
    DEBORAH PERA
  • July 16, 2008

    After suffering through high rates the last few winters I find it inappropriate for Nicor to ask for even higher rates for natural gas delivery.

    If they could explain to their customers the reasons for the rate hike then I might reconsider but with no word to their customers until we receive our bills is not a legitimate way to run a business.

    They enjoy somewhat of a monopoly as natural gas has to be delivered through pipelines into our homes. I can't have another pipeline delivered to my home if I want to go with another vendor.

    They need to open their eyes and look at what they are doing to their customers and realize high energy prices will hurt ALL OF US in the end. What goes around - comes around.

    Mr. Bin Kallan
  • July 15, 2008

    I think raising the rates when everyone is having so much ecomomic trouble is wrong. the people running the comany are making lots of money and don't need to get more.
    Arlene Cleary
  • July 11, 2008

    i oppose the increase in the rates
    dan lynch
  • July 10, 2008

    I oppose any rate increase by this company.
    Robert Angsten
  • July 2, 2008

    We wish to express our outrage in regards to the proposed rate increase being considered for NICOR Gas. Please do not grant this rate increase, with the cost of gasoline to electricity to taxes and everything else it's getting to the point that the American consumer can't afford the basic necessities of life. Please do not give this increase to NICOR. Thank you, Thomas and Mary Supple
    THOMAS and Mary Supple
  • July 1, 2008

    I think that the rate increase is not needed at this time. the company is making a big profit already and this is a hard economic time for their customers. they should not be allowed a rate increase until they have competition. The ICC should turn this down and should look at ways to cut the current rates not raise them. They are already making millions.
    Sloggin
  • June 27, 2008

    The legislature should place a freeze on all proposed increases in natural gas rates, because the cost of heating one's home is prohibitive for many people, due to rising costs of the basics needed for survival, such as food, transportation and health care. Wages are not keeping up with the rise in the cost of living. Perhaps the legislature could better use its time to pass legislation providing universal health care, taxes on corporations, and mandatory cost of living increases for every working American. The corporations are getting richer at the expense of working people, who are getting poorer every day. Many of my neighbors and acquaintances can no longer afford to drive their cars to work. They leave their homes at 5:30 a.m. to go to work and don't come home until 7:00 or 8:00 p.m. Both the short-term and long-term effects of these stresses on American families will have dire consequences on the health of workers and subsequently the care of their children.

    The American dream is proving to be a nightmare for many working class American families. If legislators have health insurance paid for by the taxes paid by working Americans, then every working American should have health insurance.

    If the utility companies are reaping record profits at the expense of working American families, then the utility companies should be providing rebates to those working American families, so they don't have to choose between feeding their families or heating their homes.

    What kind of a country are we, when our people are suffering because of the greed engendered by leaving in a capitalist economy. We are rapidly becoming a two-tiered society. You are either rich or you are poor. Like being illiterate, most people will not come forth and share their suffering. But make no mistake about it, people are suffering in this country. Children are suffering for lack of parental involvement, because the parents are too exhausted from struggling to make ends meet. The American worker has suffered great indignities with the busting of unions, the government-santioned illegal entry of a pool of low-paid wage earners, the burdens placed on health care providers and educational institutions to provide care and education for the masses of low-skilled wage earners, who have unknowingly been used to increase corporate profits and decrease benefits earned by American workers, thus eroding our quality of life and dumbing down our education system so much so, that we have to import mathmeticians and engineers from Europe, Asia and Africa. Let it be said that many of these people receive their higher education, including graduate degrees for free in their countries, and they come here and work, earning high wages. Our own American young men and women are signing up to have their arms and legs blown off, for a shot at going to college, if and when they are able to return to the United States.

    I am sick with grief for all that we are and all that we've yet to become. Those of us who pay our taxes can look around everyday in every corner of this country and see those that don't pay their share, don't suffer their share of the loss of their sons or daughters in war, get free health care and free education, all the while laughing and deriding this country. They are not committed to staying here and becoming citizens. They are here to take advantage of a system that works only for those in the system. I am a teacher and this is a chronical of what I see and experience everyday. Increase natural gas rates? The thinking people left in this country say absolutely not! unless those corporations use their profits, to make themselves obsolete.

    C De Stefano
  • June 24, 2008

    this company made a profit of $135 million and was suppose to repay $190 million several years ago and did not. the ICC must turn down any rate increase because it is not valid.
    frank sears
  • June 23, 2008

    I sent the following comment to Nicor Gas and was told they don't address comments, and I should contact the ICC.

    I was extremely disappointed to learn that a big part of the rate request increase is to be used into introducing more cheap trash into the environment in the form of polyethilene plastic or coated gas pipes instead of the more reliable and durable cast iron ones, under the argument that they are easy to maintain. Anybody knows that plastic cracks and becomes brittle after a few years, and then stay in the environment for centuries as toxic pollution, breaking into smaller pieces that will damage everything around. This will result not only into costs being transferred to cleanup, but more frequent maintenance including full replacement to solve gas leaks and such. This is a shame, and I would have expected that Nicor Gas would have the minimum decency to do some public research before assuming in the name of all of us that plastic is safe and preferable to metal, and instead make a consultation with customers. Further, I call this a case of fraud because just the selling of the cast iron as scrap metal would widely compensate for the buying and installation of polyethilene pipes. We should not even be charged if Nicor Gas is going to sell the better infraestructure. Or is this a move to push for deregulation by disappointing customers?

    Julieta Aguilera
  • June 18, 2008

    I think at this time a rate increase is not needed. the economy is bad in the country right now.
    Myra Zissman
  • June 17, 2008

    Cannot believe these folks are going in for another rate increase. Please do the right thing and give the consumer a break from the stronghold Nicor holds over its customers.
    Eileen Harnett
  • June 13, 2008

    I AM OPPOSED TO A RATE INCREASE FOR NICOR. THE PROPOSED INCREASE PUNISHES PEOPLE WHO CONSERVE.
    LINDA BRADBURY
  • June 6, 2008

    I am opposed to the rate increase proposed.
    C DeCoster
  • June 5, 2008

    The prices are high enought now they don't need a increasse.
    Muriel Meyer
  • June 5, 2008

    I urge the ICC to reject the rate proposals of all kinds. Unless they are justified.
    Frank Laurie
  • June 4, 2008

    NIcor wants to increase delivery rates which AARP says is 1/3 of the bill. the company is making to much profit now and should not be given any increase. they pay their exec to much now. NICOR has not given a refund to consumers since the rates went up in the winter of 2001.
    Emily HIldebrand
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