Case Number: 09-0309

  • October 27, 2010

    I am opposed to any further rate increase for the Ameren company
    Vern Phillips
  • October 13, 2010

    I am upset about the 71% rate increase for the customer charge on my gas bill. I am also going to call CUB about this, but cannot believe ICC let this company have that much of an increase.
    Marc Klass
  • May 6, 2010

    I live on State Hwy 10. A few years ago we bought a generator because our power went out all the time. Yes, more in the winter than any other time, still it could happen at any time.

    Continuing to put poles up and not invest in underground systems is not a very good plan. Those poles are at the mercy of Mother Nature, farmers and drivers. Our first year here, in the Clinton area, greeted us with a farmer hitting a pole as he was plowing in the spring. We were without power for, I believe, 2 days. Not investing into the future is poor planning. I have heard all about the cost... what has it cost over the last 10 years to do repairs/replacement?

    Our state is in a terrible mess financially, families are being evicted from their homes, folks have to already decide which is more important - food or medicine... everyone is having to tighten their belt and AmerenCILCO wants to raise its' rates. NO - they can tighten the belt like everyone else.

    Sincerely,

    Silvia Comfort

    Silvia Comfort
  • April 21, 2010

    I SUPPORT THE PROPOSED RATE INCREASE FOR AMEREN.
    MICHAEL EVERETT
  • April 28, 2010

    Considering the $162 million rate hike approved by the ICC in 2008 and the unreal .amount of profit reported year after year, I strongly object to another rate hike so soon. There is also alot of people unemployed and others on fixed incomes who can't afford the continuing increase of the cost of living.
    Edward Swisher
  • April 28, 2010

    I object to an increase in gas delivery rates.
    Lenny Johnson
  • April 28, 2010

    If they don't pay their bills, and Then I have to pay it...Put me on the will not pay list.
    Michael Bergman
  • April 19, 2010

    I object to Ameren's requested rate increase. I ask the ICC to turn their request down. With the economy the way it is, what they (Ameren) are requesting is ridiculous!
    Mel Perrill
  • April 19, 2010

    I feel that Ameren requesting a rate increase after reading about how wasteful and inefficient the company is, shouldn't be allowed. Especially after the executives made $622 million in 2008, and don't understand why they are asking for a rate increase when there are so many poor people. I also believe in karma. Doesn't feel they are doing very many positive things for the people in Illinois, and there are many other utilities that don't make it as hard on the people they serve. Ameren could learn a lot from these companies.
    Gloria Biondi
  • April 19, 2010

    You people just had a big $162 million in 2008 . I don't see how you can justify any rate hike . You are showing a good profit and I am sure the CEO's all got big pay raises . But I got no cost of living raise in 2009 and were told were not going to get a cost of living raise in 2010 . So just how do you think you can continue to raise your rates and we still be able to pay this bill . It is going to be to the point to where we will have to choose between the electric/gas bill , the food bill , or drug bill which one to pay to be able to just try to stay alive . It is just as if you don't really care about anything but the bottom line .
    Gene Lair
  • April 19, 2010

    Customers on fixed incomes would be hardest hit by this increase! NO ONE should have to make a choice between food/ medicine or paying their Ameren bill! If Ameren is in need of another increase, they should be looking "within" the company to cut wages, lay off employees, cut "hours" of workers. We have seen too many increases since the rate freeze was lifted. The "cuts" that Ameren has stated they have done, is only a "drop in the bucket" as to what they possibly could do, in order to help their customers. Based on some studies/analysis that have been done, Ameren has been considered to be one of the most wasteful electric utilities in the country. Ameren has NOT done enough to cut their expenses but expects the public to cut their basic life needs in order to support, their poor business processes.
    Pat Rossman
  • April 19, 2010

    We are a family on a fixed income, only live on Social Security, and we have a disabled son who gets partial disability. We all have health problems, such as: COPD, heart condition, and leg circulation problems. Therefore, people like us cannot afford these higher rate costs. Also a rate hike at this time is so unfair since so many people are unemployed.
    Lester & Barbara Juhl
  • April 19, 2010

    Tho I'm sure that no one really cares what the people want or what they can afford, but this has to stop. No rate hike.
    Lori Plemons
  • April 19, 2010

    We are all doing everything we can to lower our utility costs. As we are starting to find new ways, then the utilities want a rate increase. The more we try to lower our costs, the more the utilities want to raise our rates. It is not fair.
    Homer Stout
  • April 16, 2010

    I don't want any rate increase. I can't hardly buy food and medicine now.
    Ruth Fox
  • April 16, 2010

    I am against the proposed rate hike for Ameren Cilco, senior citizens cannot afford another increase in utility costs.
    Robert Johnson
  • April 16, 2010

    I am against the proposed rate hike for Ameren Cilco, senior citizens cannot afford another increase in utility costs.
    Larry Dodson
  • April 16, 2010

    Mr. Jordan states, No to the rate increase. I feel that the rates are too high now.
    Dennis Jordan
  • April 19, 2010

    Come on..give me a break. Millions isn't enough? No wonder our country is in the shape it is in now. The little people once again will pay the price for greed. We live on a small pension, pay over $1000 a month for med. insurance, not quite old enough for SS yet (if it's around when we need it after paying into it for almost 40 years) and the big boys want more, more, more.

    Do NOT approve a rate hike!!!

    C. Harris
  • April 15, 2010

    we have been scamed enough by cilco! please stop this rate increase. why should they have record profits on the backs of their customers. we are the ones suffering from the economic meltdown. deregulation has hurt the consumers! NO MORE!
    larry satterwhite
  • April 15, 2010

    I don't think we need another increase with the amount of money Ameren made in the last year. Any increase will be very hard on senior citizens. Everytime they see a crew working he sees one person working and 4-5 standing around...is that why they need to increase the rates?
    William Metzger
  • April 15, 2010

    cust is against the proposed rate increase for Ameren Cilco gas
    Nancy Curel
  • April 15, 2010

    cust is against the proposed rate increase for Ameren Cilco gas
    Wisella Rich
  • April 14, 2010

    I say no to any rate increase
    Dorothy Ragan
  • April 14, 2010

    With the proposed rate increase, I cannot afford it and am just staying above water now with being out of work. Opposing Ameren's proposed increase.
    Daniel DeHoog
  • April 13, 2010

    WE HAVE HAD REPLACEMENT WINDOWS INSTALLED AND INSULATION BLOWN INTO THE WALLS. WE HAD OUR HOME CHECKED FOR WEATHERIZATION AND WERE TOLD IT IS WELL-INSULATED. OUR BILLS WITH AMEREN ARE STILL VERY HIGH. WE ARE OPPOSED TO ANY RATE INCREASE FOR AMEREN.
    MRS JAMES B BROWN
  • April 13, 2010

    Please, no more rate hikes! We have had enough already. We are all trying to hold the line on our personal spending. You should try it too.

    thomas and jean slack
  • April 9, 2010

    Mrs. Lovell states, opposed to the rate hike.
    Priscilla Lovell
  • April 7, 2010

    If Ameren can show where the money from the rate hike would be used wisely I could support it but the wisest way to use money right now is to expand and increase the efficiency of energy sources that do not use natural resources such as wind, water, and solar. Giving Ameren the ability to increase profits when there is little to hold them accountable to their customers is irresponsible.
    Michael Drew
  • April 5, 2010

    Ameren just raised their rates recently. Many citizens cannot afford a continual rate hike in their utilities. In these economic times many folks are out of work or hanging on to jobs that will not provide any raise in income. No raise in income and raises in rates will only had additional hardships to th citizens. Personally I don't want to live in a box because I can't afford my house payment and continual rate hikes that Ameren proposes.
    Joyce Rheal
  • March 22, 2010

    Why does a company that is still making millions of dollars in profit each year need to increase their rates? I live in a 2 story flat and my electric and gas bills are through the roof. Often, they are well over $100 a month which is outrageous for the space and square footage. Each winter we do everything we can to make sure the attic is insulated and the windows are covered with the plastic seals. If they increase their rates I will not be able to afford to pay my bills in the future. I am speaking for the average renter who doesn't have the luxary of having their utility bills included in their rent each month. Ameren has to stop being greedy!!
    Paige Fleischmanns
  • March 17, 2010

    I object to the rate increase for AMeren Cilco. I am a senior citizen living on less than $800./mo. and not sure how I would continue to live it it is raised again.
    Alice Renner
  • March 17, 2010

    I object to the Ameren rate hike.
    Robert Jenkins
  • March 16, 2010

    WE CANNOT AFFORD ANYMORE RAISES IN OUR UTILITY BILL!
    JOHN EYMAN
  • March 16, 2010

    Enough is enough. Illinois electric and gas rates and fees are outrageous. We cannot bare any further increases. Demand an investigation of Illinois legislative officials who continually allow the power companies to get by with raping the American people while their profits are at a record high. Ameren - pay back some of that record profit!!
    Meredith Idleman
  • March 16, 2010

    I am opposed to any rate increase at this time.
    Harriett Jockish
  • March 15, 2010

    Customer called because Ameren's proposed rate hike has been reduced to $56M, but still feels that is too much. Customer is member of the Sierra club and other organizations that are pushing for House Bill 6202. This bill allows for "net metering" which permits a person generating power (via solar, wind, etc) to get the same value for the power they are adding to the grid that Ameren charges individuals for power. Customer states that Ameren is lobbying very hard against such legislation for net metering, and feels they have a chance to have people put energy in, but want to keep it unfair for people like him trying to generate electricity. Customer feels that proposed rate increase and Ameren's opposition to HB 6202 is unfair.
    Bob Jorgensen
  • March 15, 2010

    I AM OPPOSED TO ANY RATE HIKE FOR AMEREN FOR GAS AND ELECTRIC SERVICE FOR THE PEOPLE OF ILLINOIS. AMEREN IS MAKING A HUGE PROFIT. I CAN'T SEE THAT AN INCREASE WOULD BE JUSTIFIED.
    BILL POLLARD
  • March 16, 2010

    Please do not allow Cilco to have any rate increase.
    Think in terms of rolling back the increases you already allowed.
    Remember you should represent the people in their times of need,not Cilco

    Lee Winkler
  • March 12, 2010

    Please deny Ameren request for rate hikes. I find it absolutely unbelievable that in these dire economic times Ameren can not only continually trapse to the rate-hike trough, but to do so immediately after a generous profit last year. I have been an Ameren Illinois customer for the past four years and it seems that they are always in line asking for a rate hike. I am fed-up with their greediness and obvious lack of fiscal management. Most Americans and their customers are facing lost wages, less income and fiscal austerity. Ameren however; makes a 150% profit in 2009 and STILL wants for money. I see Ameren tv commercials a lot - yet they are the only electric company in my area. Why do they spend that money to advertise? I suggest they save that advertising money instead of asking for rate hikes. I understand Ameren spends millions of dollars on teams of lobbyists and lawyers to fight for these higher rates. Again, trim these frivilous costs and lessen the need for continual rate hikes. The majority of Ameren's customers are facing austere financial times and must save money and cut costs - Ameren can do the same.
    Brian Knepp
  • March 11, 2010

    I am soooooo fed up with sky-rocketing rates and utility greed from AmerenCilco! We are retired senior citizens living on Social Security and barely tweeking by each months bills. The bills are
    just utilities, insurance (of which my husband is on Medicare but I have to buy private insurance for $2500 each quarter) and food for the table. Where are going to get the extra for everything that is increasing?? We can't be any poorer than we are now.
    Thank You,
    Mary

    Mary Brooks
  • March 11, 2010

    Customer called to oppose the proposed rate hike by Ameren.
    Lewis Lightbody
  • March 11, 2010

    At a time when our economy is at it's worst, many people are unemployed, and our incomes have been fixed, it is inconceivable that any utility company should consider raising their rates. This has shown me over the years that Ameren really has no consideration for the well being of it's customers. The company has it's hand out wanting more and more money all the time from it's customers. Right after it is granted a rate increase, it immediately prepares to request the next increase, regardless of it's profits. We in CILCO land were much better off with our own local CILCO utility company before Ameren was allowed to buy up all the small utility companies. CILCO was the most efficient and low cost utility company in the state. I have a friend in Princeton Illinois, and they have their own utility company because they don't want Ameren or Commonwealth Edison. It's time that the ICC worked for the people of Illinois and refused to grant Ameren another rate increase. Ameren needs to learn to live on what they have, just like the rest of us.
    Darold Engel
  • March 11, 2010

    "Stop Ameren"
    Illinois can't afford "ANOTHER" huge Ameren rate hike.

    Susan Budde
  • March 11, 2010

    NO MORE INCREASES! My husband is on social security and he didn't get a increase in this due to "no increase in cost of living"! I was just laid off from work after 20 years and we cannot afford another increase. The baby boomers are on a fixed income now and most cannot quit working because of increases like this.

    PLEASE CAP THESE INCREASES.

    GLENNA STEILING
  • March 11, 2010

    NO AMEREN RATE INCREASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Jason Kosten
  • March 11, 2010

    I do not feel that the rate hike being solicited by Ameren Cilco is justified. This company is now enjoying a healthy profit margin even in these tough times and I am tired of their greed being put before the care for their customers. Since Ameren has taken over Cilco and IP and enjoys a large monopoly on their services they have done nothing but ask for more and more and I feel they have enjoyed rubber stamp approval for all of their requests. Enough is enough. Private citizens as well as small and large businesses in Illinois are under about as large of a burdon as they can handle. Please, no more rate increases.
    greg andersen
  • March 10, 2010

    Mr. Henderson states, opposed to the requested rate increase. Cust. says, he is 72 years of age on a fix income. The income sometimes isn't sufficient to make it until the end of the month.
    Charlene Henderson
  • March 11, 2010

    We cannot continue with these never-ending rate hikes, especially when there does not seem to be a compelling financial reason to do so. If in fact AmerenCilco doubled its profits last year, we would suggest such a compelling reason does not exist, other than to make an even larger profit this year.
    Patricia Schmit
  • March 11, 2010

    Do not give Ameren/Cilco another raise in their prices. Too many families are loosing their jobs, hours being cut, having trouble making it from month to month. Many of us are getting tired of not only paying our share, but having to pay for other people who can't pay. This is not fair! What will these big companies do when we can't afford to pay our bills? Before you know it, they won't have any paying customers because no one will be able to pay!
    Sherry Steinkuehler
  • March 9, 2010

    Make due like the rest of us in thisw economy.
    Cary Franks
  • March 9, 2010

    Amren is reporting record profit, and all the rate hike will do is increase their profits even more. Many families are using reduced income, from a poor economy in Central Illinois as it is, Illinois families can not afford to spend more on utilities, without taking food out of their families mouths. If Amren needs more money to keep the quality of service where it is, they can take those profits and reduce bonuses, and put more money to service.
    Josh Psinas
  • March 9, 2010

    "At the end of the day, they share stock, and shareholders are making a profit. At the end of the day, the parent company made $600 million profit last year. And at the end of the day, Ameren more than doubled its profit for its Illinois utilities last year from $51 million to $127 million," McDaniel said. "They all share the same stock price."

    They make enough money. No rate increase.

    Brian
  • March 9, 2010

    Why does Cilco burn off excess gas out by their underground storage facility at Kingston Mines Rd. and Cowser Rd.? There was a time last fall where the flames were three feet high in the air. When they had a stack problem and the smell of gas was so strong that they and the fire department received numerous compaints over a year's time, they sent someone to my door to explain to me that the smell did not mean gas was leaking, because that was only the odor that they added to the gas. Okay then....I am not an idiot, is it not added to warn us that there is a problem? Which means there is a problem with gas leaking into the air. It is not as bad as it used to be, but there are still days that are not good. Also, they sent out letters to the whole Glasford area concerning tractors and trucks parking near their storage areas that are in the fields and there was a number to call if you had questions about the letter. My question was why did they waste money sending out letters to EVERYONE about tractors and trucks parking in the fields blocking access to their areas? I left a message and my number and no one returned my call.. imagine that. I think CILCO should learn to not waste their own funds first before they take any further from the citizens of this community.
    Gwynn Guiliano
  • March 9, 2010

    I am fed up with sky-rocketing rates and utility greed. NO RATE INCREASE!
    Sharon Davis
  • March 9, 2010

    Ameren more than doubled its profits last year, the last thing they need is another rate increase in these troubling economic times.
    Andrew Schwartz, PhD
  • March 9, 2010

    Enough is enough
    Stop this increase and learn to survive with what you have like we have to do.

    .

    Ronald R Hurst
  • March 9, 2010

    I am OPPOSED to any rate hikes in gas or electric power. We are paying the highest rates we have ever paid & at a time when the economy is barely in a recovery stage. Many of us have suffered through job loss, loss of small business sales & tightening our belts as never before. If I could buy my power elsewhere I would as you continue to use the monopoly status you have to force us into higher rates.
    Bev Riggins
  • March 9, 2010

    All rate hikes should be blocked during this resession. People loosing jobs or no raises and bonuses for 3 yrs; . .and Ameren is doubling its profits?!?! They should feel lucky to break even or have the same profit as 1-2 years ago. Everyone should share in the misery. People should not have to have more misery so that they can stay safely profitable. It's errogant and selfish. Half of the people I know are struggling to pay the bill as it is.
    Karen J Cook
  • March 9, 2010

    You can certainly add my name to the list of people that think this rate hike is not needed!
    James P. Underwood
  • March 9, 2010

    Ameren cannot keep raising rates. As an IL consumer I have no choice in a gas provider, despite being promised so by the government. They have a monopoly and have zero justification in raising their rates. Rates need to be frozen again for the good of the consumer and the state.
    James Jarvis
  • March 9, 2010

    NO RATE HIKE!!!!!!!! WE AS CONSUMERS CAN NOT AFFORD ALL THESE HIKES!!!
    Erin Olsen
  • March 9, 2010

    I believe in all honesty ,we consumers should not have to keep up with the high bonus's that the fat cats want. We need to start smaller.These big profits ameren made is shameful at the hands of working people, if your lucky to have a job. Ameren said it did make that much, but we know the same people pocketed the money. You people have alot of nerve and hope cub sees through it.I believe we would be better off if the government regulated you again or even take the utilities over. Maybe things would fair then. I don't know how amerens spokespeople can stand there and plead for us to divie up more money.
    John Cosgrove,Sr
  • March 9, 2010

    Enough is enough. Ameren / CILCO is turning a franchise into a license to steal
    John A. Lucia
  • March 9, 2010

    Please make cuts in your wages as alot of people have had to deal with in their own jobs.
    Do not increase these utilities!

    Tina Fleer
  • March 9, 2010

    Enough is Enough! Now is not the time for another increase in rates. We are getting squeezed for more money from every direction, including rate cuts at work or unemployed. Now is not the time for another rate increase.
    Larry Green
  • March 9, 2010

    I do not feel ameren needs a rate hike after hearing the news today. The people are hurting right now . my husband is laid off... cannot even pay what I am supposed to be paying now!
    Kim Watters
  • March 9, 2010

    Please stop these hikes. As an owner of several rental properties, my tenants are struggling as it is without these constant increases. On a personal note, the same is true. With the economy as it is in Illinois and the financial burdens the citizens are under, Ameren increases should be out of the question. Along with their increase requests they provide fewer and fewer services.
    Debbie Owen
  • March 9, 2010

    I want to Say NO!!!! to the proposed Gas gas delivery rate hike. I think it is wrong of AmerenCilco to want to have a increase in the utilities when they had a rate hike last year. Also with a lot of people out of work, losing their unemployment and the economy in the toilet Ameren says pay more money so they can increase their profits. What is better to increase profits and have customers have their power and gas shut off because they can't pay or keep the rates the same and deal with the upgrades they suppossedly did last year. If the upgrades were needed and done why do they need a rate hike? I want to say it again NO!!! to a rate hike.
    John M Stein
  • March 9, 2010

    Stop this rate hike!
    Theresa Thimm
  • March 9, 2010

    I think it is un American for a company to make Milloins in profit and ask for more when so many people are out of work and are scraping the bottom just to keep food on the table. How do they sleep at night? Do they beleive in God and helping one another?
    Grace Marquardt
  • March 9, 2010

    My husband and I are both retired and I have cancer he is disabled due to a fall. we can not afford anymore my level payment is 250 a month down from 304. we can not make it with a rate hike. we are just making it with the bill we have now. they are making a profit why do they need to hurt customers like this?
    Gerald Baker
  • March 9, 2010

    I'm calling in regarding the Ameren Utilities request for an increase in their rates. When a company can double thier profits in a single year, they should not be asking their customers to pay even more on their utility bill. Many Ameren customers are low-income or on a fixed income and asking them to pay even higher rates for their electric & gas is ridiculous. Good jobs are not plentiful in Illinois - most of us are working for minimum wage. I'm sure Ameren's employees can afford to pay higher rates, but the general public cannot.
    Velma Peters
  • March 9, 2010

    I am against the rate hike because CILCO has made a large profit in the last year. People on social security have not gotten an increase in the past year. I live in a retirement complex and currently our utilities are included in the monthly rent. If the rates continue to rise, the management company will start to require we pay our own utilities and I certainly cannot afford to do that on my modest social security income.
    Barbara Ross
  • March 9, 2010

    DON'T ALLOW AMEREN THE REQUESTED RATE INCREASE. IT IS EXORBITANT. THEY SHOULD BE HELD BACK.
    CARY FRANKS
  • March 9, 2010

    Mrs. Pilcher obect to the requested rate increase of 130 million. Cust. says, the country is in a mess. The co. should live within its means.
    Linda Pilcher
  • March 9, 2010

    No to any rate increase, they are making record profits in hard times while consumers are losing income.
    Earl Lacey
  • March 9, 2010

    PLEASE NO MORE INCREASES. PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING. LOW PAY LOW INCOME. NO INCREASES. NO MORE RATE HIKES. PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING. PLEASE STOP GAUGING THE PEOPLE.
    ROSE HUDSON
  • March 9, 2010

    We just can't afford to stay warm/cool anymore, looking into natural resources...the sun!
    Lisa Shelander
  • March 9, 2010

    No rate hike! I'm fed up with sky-rocketing rates and utility greed.
    R Schwegmann
  • March 9, 2010

    Your rates are all ready to high! We have had cuts in pay, no raises last year, cost of everything rising, it has to stop some where. I have had my highest heating bills ever this year. Enough is enough! No Rate Hike!!!
    Cynthia S. Anderson
  • March 9, 2010

    This company did not get what they wanted so they are saying you were wrong and they should have more money even in the economic down fall we find ourselves in. Please have the back bone to stand up to the greed that exists in this company. There are thousands of families in our area that have lost their income and can't ask tax payers to provide them money to get a profit
    robert Moser
  • March 9, 2010

    I am on SSI and do not receive an increase in SSI for 2 years. I am fed up with Cilco and their stock holders thinking they should keep all the profit. If Cilco needs more money, then let them take it from their top people and their stockholders. People are out of work including some of my family and they have families. How can Cilco justify raising their rates?
    Thank you

    Linda L. White
  • March 9, 2010

    No rate hike please. I am struggling now to pay them. I wrote them a short note last month and told them my electric was $97.00, the gas was almost $200. I'm home about 6 hours a day and don't understand how I can use that much electricity or gas. Please do not let them get away with this again. It places a hardship on seniors as well as young people. I would like to retire in about three years, but if their rates keep going up, I may not be able to. I'm tired of the American greed; these executives just keep getting richer on the backs of the working people.
    Sheila Bartlett
  • March 9, 2010

    no rate hike they can learn to budget better. They have enough profit. They don't need to have pay raises and the ceo could and should freeze his salary or take a deduction.
    Susan
  • March 9, 2010

    Please do NOT raise our rates. I lost my job last june 09 and still have not found a good full time job. I am working part time at half of what I was making last year.
    Also my parents are on a fixed income and this would hurt them too.
    Please re-consider and don't raise the rates.

    Lori Boland
  • March 9, 2010

    Please stop ameren from getting another increase on my bills. I live on disability and as you know I sure did not get a raise. They made 600 million dollars last year. Tell me, how much is enough. In these hard times the people of central Illinois can not afford another rate increase. Ameren is out of control and we expect you to control them....Just say NO MORE increases. Thank You
    David Sorenson
  • March 9, 2010

    It is unfair for a monopoly to increase profits beyond the present profitability when the economy is down and any Non-monopoly would probably drop in sales and profitability like most other companies, and also like most of the customers.
    William Gullickson
  • March 8, 2010

    Please stop Ameren from imposing a rate hike. I have lost 30% of my income, and many others have it worse than that. We can't afford this.
    gail bongartz
  • March 8, 2010

    While we are losing hours, because the economy is so terrible ( And we're not even
    in the stats for unemployment) Ameren Cilco is trying to find new ways to spend money. They have purchased all new vehicles etc. They seem to not care at all that
    our incomes have decreased, if we're employed at all. We keep our thermostats so
    low we're cccc cold indoors, and the FAT CATS are driving new vehicles and eating
    out, not like our sandwiches brought from home purchased from the local discount
    grocery. We try to save, so they are SUPPOSEDLY making less profit therefore go
    for another rate increase! We are told that heating with wood is unsafe & pollutes
    so we take out our woodburners. What alternatives do we have? Do we move into
    a well-insulated 1-room cottage and cook on the grill? Of course then, Cilco will
    make less profit and have to Double or Triple their rates.

    Diane C DeLong
  • March 8, 2010

    With your profits you are showing you do not need an increase. Perhaps you should look at reducing your rates rather than raising them at this critical time.

    If you are looking at future infrastructure that would be a time to look at an increase. But not now.

    Donald C. Wilson
  • March 8, 2010

    To whom it may concern:

    We are opposed to Ameren's request for an increase in delivery service rates. It is crucial that service organizations i.e. Ameren reduce expenditures by identifying and imposing corporate spending or size reduction through what ever means possible, just as the rest of America is being asked to do. The company has not provided adequate justification for such a sizeable rate hike following on the "heels" of a significant rate hike about one year ago.

    This failure to define long term strategies and implement corporate savings coinciding with economic conditions implies that Ameren management lacks the skills to manage and operate the corporation. It may be time to reevaluate the officers and board members within the company.

    We urge you to reconsider the rate increase and instead define and implement some cost savings measures.

    Melvin and Priscilla DeGeeter

    Melvin DeGeeter
  • March 8, 2010

    Raising rates when the company is operating at a profit is ridiculous in this economy. People/families are already struggling to pay their bills and raising the rate is only going to make a bad situation even worst. I don't feel we should be lining the gas companies pockets. Raising rates is greed at its finest.
    Kamara Whightsil
  • March 8, 2010

    STOP RATE HIKES FORCE LOWERING OF CURRENT UTILITY COSTS
    MARY JONES
  • March 8, 2010

    This is down right stupid of ameren to ask for this rate hike,when they are making record profits ,when are we going to say no .will the last person to leave shut out the lights .WE NEED TO ASK AMEREN TO HELP WITH THE UNEMPLOYED IN ARE STATE .I BELEIVE THEY RECEIVED STIMULAS MONEY.TO ARE ELECTED OFFICIALS IF YOU ARE IN OFFICE NOW WE WILL BE REMOVING U IN NOVEMBER .FMJFR
    jeff jones
  • March 8, 2010

    Customer is on SS and didn't get an increase, so why should Ameren get one. Customer opposes proposed rate increase.
    Chester Nichols
  • March 3, 2010

    No more increases to AmerenIP. They are killing us. You are our leaders. It is your job to put an end to this raping of the American people. stop them!! With record profits, we want a rebate from AmerenIP! Meredith Idleman
    Meredith S idleman
  • March 2, 2010

    I'm fed up with Ameren's sky-rocketing rates and utility greed .Illinois can't afford ANOTHER huge Ameren rate hike.
    " NO AMERENCILCO INCREASE"

    Steven Schermer
  • February 26, 2010

    Why does Amern need to provide contributions to politicans? Back in 2007 Senator Bill Haynes and Rep Dan Beiser who returned Ameren contriblutions to their campaign when there was a big rucus created by the Illinois citizens. Since the Ameren utilities are granted in a sense a monolopy to provide electric and gas service it does not seem necessary to contribute to poloticians. There should be a limitation or restriction regardless of the US Supreme Court decision regarding campaign conbributions from corporations. If the ICC would look into a determination of parity between the state of Ameren utilities in Missourt cost to consumers vs the cost to consumers in Illinois using Ameren utilities. Both delivery cost and power cost shoudl be reviewed. the reason I mention that is I hear all the time that Ameren UE in Missouri bills less for electric than in Illinois. There should be some parity between those two entities under the Ameren heard corporate umbrella. If there is no parity and explaination is needed as to why there isn't. The other issue is the executive salaries in 2008 their profit was 622 million according to Mr. Kolata of CUB. The balance between profit, executive salary, stock holder dividends should be balanced with those who are without jobs and can not pay utility bills at the current time. Those questions are raised on a national scene also due to the recession in this country. My knowledge of those in need is based on my work in a charitable orgination in the Alton area which I will not name at this time for fear of reprisal by Ameren. The contributions from the organization I work with indicate a great need by those in the current economic distress. It would seem that at a minimum Ameren could match the "dollar more" rate contribution requested of those who are Ameren customers. Thanks you for your attention and consideration.
    Thomas Daily
  • February 26, 2010

    Please, no increase. Thank you.
    Jo Richner
  • February 23, 2010

    AmerenCILCO should not be allowed to run a monopoly that gives us, the general public, no options or choices of providers. We have been gouched by them for years with no recourse. Everyone has the right to make a profit but when theirs is so large that should tell us what the mark up really is. Seems that we are between a rock and hard place with no where to go. Such a shame that they are allowed to rape the general public legally!
    Kate Hasty
  • February 23, 2010

    No Ameren increase.
    Dale Jones
  • February 16, 2010

    Ameren's requrest for a rate hike should be turned down. Their recent profits and 2008 rate hikes make this request abhorent to consumers who have no recourse but to pay what ever the bill received. A study released 9/2009 has also shown that Ameren is one of the most inefficiently run electric utility companies in the nation. Ameren particularly does not deserve a rate hike when they can look to cleaning up thier own wasteful management to make up the dollars they are asking Illinois families and businesses to give them.
    Jane Turner
  • February 11, 2010

    I oppose the Ameren rate hike.
    Donna Downen
  • February 11, 2010

    we oppose the rate hike for Ameren Cilco
    Troy and Julie Price
  • February 11, 2010

    Customer called to protest Ameren's proposed rate increase. It's even more difficult for seniors.
    Martha Brown
  • February 16, 2010

    How many times do you need to raise these utility . Many people have lost their jobs an ran out of their unemployment an can't pay for Ameren bill now. Many company's have closed their door because they can not afford their high utility bills now . The Goverment has let this happen to our country . an has done nothing to stop it .
    rickie
  • February 16, 2010

    Please stand up for the people that are so tired of these frequent, unnessary increases!
    cheris hoffmann
  • February 16, 2010

    NO rate increase is justified.

    Delivery costs for gas have decreased and thus rates should be decreased.

    Any increase in rates deemed necessary by regulators is justification for replacement of same regulators.

    WILLIAM ROHLAND
  • February 8, 2010

    cust is against the proposed rate increase by Ameren Cilco.
    Gail McCusker
  • January 29, 2010

    Customer called to oppose Ameren's proposed rate increase. Customer states they are a customer and a stock-holder, and do not agree with the proposed increase.
    Judith Anderson
  • February 1, 2010

    -Ameren received a $162 million rate hike in 2008, the same year it made a profit of $622 million. This is not a company that needs or deserves a massive rate hike.

    -The company's timing is horrible. Not only did it ask for the rate hike in the middle of an economic downturn, but the request came the same week that the rates consumers pay for the actual electricity went down. Ameren's request to raise the "delivery" charges threaten to hijack those savings.

    Holly Gietl
  • January 26, 2010

    I am against any rate increase for Ameren Cilco
    Betty Russell
  • January 26, 2010

    I oppose the rate hike this company is requesting.
    Bernard Keeler
  • January 22, 2010

    I am against the proposed increase for Ameren CILCO
    Leroy Rhoades
  • January 22, 2010

    I am a widowed senior on a limited income and it's hard to pay the bill now. We did not get a raise this year with SSI
    Delores Dodson
  • January 20, 2010

    Customer called to oppose Ameren's proposed rate increase. Customer is asking that ICC do everything in their power to keep rates as low as possible for consumers.
    Donna Caldwell
  • January 19, 2010

    AMEREN HAS JUST HAD A RATE INCREASE. CONSIDERING THE ECONOMY, ANOTHER INCREASE WOULD NOT BE APPROPRIATE. I AM OPPOSED TO A RATE INCREASE FOR AMEREN.
    HAROLD EDGE
  • February 1, 2010

    I strongly oppose the rate hike that AmernIP is suggesting
    Especially with the record high executive pay and benefits to executives.
    It makes absolutely no sense to approve raises in rates to users.

    WILLIAM ROHLAND
  • January 15, 2010

    Ameren continues to want to use consumers as thier own piggy bank, when thier own house is not in order. A recent study has called Ameren out as one of the most wasteful and poorly run utilities. Rewarding Ameren's poor performance with a rate hike is at the common person's expense, people who have no recourse but to pay what ever rates Ameren demands. Ameren does not deserve this rate hike. Let them study other better run utilities and come back with a better plan.
    Jane Turner
  • January 15, 2010

    Ameren’s money-grab. Ameren doesn’t deserve a pay raise.
    Raymond Schermer
  • January 15, 2010

    People are loosing their jobs an wages are being cut, An Ameren want's a price increase. I live in Creve Creve , Illinois an our light's go out all the time sometimes for at least 3 hour's sometimes longer with no worring. We get no explation . I'd like to cut their electrica off of their home for that link of time an see how they would like it .If i did my job that well I'm sure I would not have a job or expect a PAY RAISE ! Have the UPPER MANAGMENT take a PAY CUT. I'm sure they would love that.
    dopey
  • January 15, 2010

    With the economy in desperate straits, it is NOT the time for a rate hike. People are already having a hard time paying or are unable to pay their electric/gas bills. A rate would only cause additional hardship for these people and add to their numbers. We are all having to cut back, help us out by denying the rate increase.
    Jo Ann Kreider
  • January 15, 2010

    if these gas companies weren't making any money, why did u buy them? As soon as you got a monopoly, you started hollering for a rate hike. We have no choice now but to deal with Ameran but you have a choice, if you don't like your profit factor, sell and go invest in something else.
    Charlotte Boehler
  • January 15, 2010

    This is outrageous!! This cannot be serious. If they allow this to happen I will sell and move out of this state, You are making it impossible to live here let alone live and thrive. It's insane to allow cilco even one more dime in increase.
    Rita Lovell
  • January 15, 2010

    From what I have read, the prices that Ameren will be paying for gas & delivery will be less next year rather than more. Senior citizens, such as ourselves, have less resources and will have increased cost and taxes because of the new medical services bill just passes by both Houses of Congress. In addition, the U.S. government has frozen our Social Security benefits this year. Please, please do not let Ameren increase our costs for gas to heat our home and cook. It is unfair and without justification to increase the price that Ameren charges gas customers in Illinois when they are already making a sumptious profit at the expenses of the elderly in this state. Other people in the U.S. are looking at how Illinois will deal with this issue and deciding whether Illinois is a good place to live.
    Thank you for allowing us input into your decision as to how you deal with Ameren.

    Margaret J. Sides
  • January 6, 2010

    AS IT IS NOW, SOME PEOPLE ALREADY CAN'T AFFORD THEIR UTILITY BILLS. IT SEEMS LIKE AMEREN WANTS MORE AND MORE EACH YEAR. I STRONGLY OPPOSE ANY RATE INCREASE FOR AMEREN.
    MRS LLOYD NOLAN
  • January 6, 2010

    I have gas serv. with this company and I oppose any rate increase. d
    Thomas Daughton
  • December 31, 2009

    I am against the proposed increase in gas rates by Ameren Cilco.
    Richard Hill
  • December 31, 2009

    I am against the proposed increase in gas rates by Ameren Cilco.
    Astella Bollegar
  • December 30, 2009

    I AM OPPOSED TO A RATE INCREASE FOR AMEREN.
    JOAN BOSECK
  • December 23, 2009

    Ameren Cilco cannot keep asking for more money from us, its customers. They were jsut granted an increase not long ago.
    The ICC needs to force Ameren Cilco to go back to their own company and look for cuts, NOT more rate increases.

    Stephen A. Link
  • December 18, 2009

    I BELIEVE THE MULTIMILLION DOLLAR INCREASE FOR AMEREN IS NOT APPROPRIATE AT THIS TIME. MANY PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING ALREADY. RATES SHOULD BE LEFT AS THEY ARE UNTIL THE ECONOMY IMPROVES.
    SUSAN LINCOURT
  • December 17, 2009

    I'M A SENIOR CITIZEN. IT'S ALREADY DIFFICULT TO KEEP UP WITH THE BILLS. I CLOSE OFF PART OF MY HOME TO SAVE ON HEATING. I AM OPPOSED TO A RATE INCREASE FOR AMEREN.
    LYNNE RICCA
  • December 17, 2009

    I oppose the rate hike for Ameren customers even though I have comEd.
    Sheryl Moss
  • December 17, 2009

    they just had a rate increase and now they want another one. you know that is going to hurt a lot of people on fixed incomes and they will loose their house because they can't pay the bill.
    Richard Finks
  • December 16, 2009

    I object to the rate hike for Ameren CILCO. I received no cost of living raise on my social security checks and I cannot afford to pay Ameren CILCO any more than I already do.
    Rosetta Dahman
  • December 16, 2009

    I am opposed to any rate raise for Cilco.
    Carol turcell
  • December 16, 2009

    I'd like to oppose the Ameren rate hike discussed in the AARP bulletin for central and southern Illinois. As consumers, we cannot afford to pay an additional $125 per year on top of what we are already paying the company.
    Aloysius Gliva
  • December 16, 2009

    Mr. Cherry states, against the requested $226 mil rate increase. The requested increase is out of line. He wants the ICC to ruduce and freeze the rates. "The ICC should represent the people."
    Harry Cherry
  • December 17, 2009

    I oppose AmerenCILCO's request for a rate increase for gas delivery service.
    Richard Jarvis
  • December 15, 2009

    I'm calling to oppose the Ameren rate hike. I live in Illinois and we are taxed to death. The poor people of downstate Illinois cannot afford any more rate increase.
    Ruby Smith
  • December 15, 2009

    THE COMPANY IS MAKING ENOUGH MONEY NOW AND WE ARE IN ARE 70'S AND ON A FIXED INCOME WE CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY MORE. I OPPOSE THE RATE HIKE.
    GILBERT ASH
  • December 15, 2009

    I'd like to oppose the Ameren rate hike in May.
    Jackie Castelli
  • December 15, 2009

    Mr. Springs states, he is opposed to the requested gas rate increase. He wants the ICC to vote against the increase.
    Kenneth E. Springs
  • December 15, 2009

    I OPPOSE AMEREN'S RATE HIKE.
    PATRICIA BLENDER
  • December 14, 2009

    AmerenCILCO just received a rate increase. This increase was granted less than a year ago. How many times are we (customers of AmerenCILCO) to be subjected to increases?
    HELEN DECKERT
  • December 14, 2009

    WE'RE RETIRED AND ON A FIXED INCOME. I RECEIVE DISABILITY. IT'S GETTING HARDER AND HARDER TO PAY THE UTILITY BILLS. I AM OPPOSED TO AN INCREASE FOR AMEREN.
    SHARON TATE
  • December 14, 2009

    I AM OPPOSED TO A RATE INCREASE FOR AMEREN.
    VUY DANIEL
  • December 14, 2009

    Customer called to oppose Ameren's proposed rate increase.
    Kevin Randall
  • December 14, 2009

    Customer called to oppose the proposed rate increase by Ameren. States he is one of the seniors this rate increase is most likely to affect.
    Dean Sapp
  • December 14, 2009

    I'M IN OPPOSITION OF THE RATE HIKE THEIR PROPOSING, THEY ALREADY RECIEVED AN INCREASE. I'M A SENIOR CITIZEN AND I'M NOT GETTING A COST OF LIVING INCREASE THIS YEAR.
    MARGERIE FISCHER
  • December 11, 2009

    I want to register my opposition to the Ameren electric & gas rate increases. If the utility companies are allowed increases in the South, they will be sought up North also.
    John Thomas
  • December 8, 2009

    I would like to protest any more rate increases for ameren cilco ever.
    I have yet to figure out how they got their hands on cilco in the first place,
    But it seems like they bought and paid for it from the people in ILLinois government at that time and there are some of these people in contyrol of our state gov, now, like our governer now in Il. who was the head of Cub who was supposed to look out for best intrest in buying our services.
    And I haven't seen or heard any more about Re-Regulation or any new competition for cilco.
    I think they should be sent back to chicago to their SISTER company COM-ED.
    I suggest taking our power plants off from the grid and have local power again and quit selling power that is generated here to com ed in chicago on the new power lines they built to do it with.
    Or maybe buy or take cilco back,
    I live on a fixed income and times are only going to get worse and everything i have to buy goes up nearly every time I buy anything.

    nelson neisler
  • November 18, 2009

    In this recessionary period, AmerenCILCO posts a $622 million profit...and they want to increase their rates by $162 million more???? Are you kidding me??? Maybe if we got some viable competition for AmerenCILCO, they would wise up or suffer the consequences. This proposed rate hike is joke and should be stopped!!
    Matthew Kaag
  • November 12, 2009

    stop digging in my pocket . I did't get a raise in pay , the eldery did'nt get a raise , Do you think we all have a money tree in our back yard?
    rickie
  • November 12, 2009

    At what point do we stand up and say NO to getting blasted with rate increases that are just lining the pockets of AmerenCilco officials.
    We have no competitive options in our areas. There is NO payback the way its structured to move to alternative power sources.

    We the consumer are getting screwed and the State of IL has rubber stamped the last few increases.
    Enough is enough. NO TO THIS INCREASE.

    they can cut their budgets along with everyone else who is paying taxes........with exception of the congress and government employees, we are all doing more with less........get on track Ameren

    Arthur lersch
  • November 12, 2009

    I am retired on a fixed income and, from all I have read, feel this request is only to make up for AmerenIP's inefficiencies and should not be allowed or they will just be back for more without correcting their problems.

    Sincerely, Ronald Wood

    Ronald Wood
  • November 12, 2009

    Don't let Ameren get away with a $162 million gas and electric rate hike!

    Just months after slapping consumers with a separate $162 million increase, Ameren is back at the table asking consumers for more. The Citizen's Utility Board and the Illinois Attorney General have released an "econometric" study showing Ameren is among the least efficient electric utilities in the nation.

    With more than $600 million in 2008 profits and Illinois consumers struggling to pay the bills, Ameren should bring order to its own house rather than use customers as its own personal ATM machine

    Kenneth Straka
  • November 3, 2009

    The proposed rate hike for gas delivery service by AmerenCILCO is unjustifiable in an economy like this. If anything, this will cause more defaults on consumers' bills and will increase the outstanding balances for many Ameren customers. Ameren is a monopoly in most areas and they are taking clear advantage of that. This needs to stop before Ameren is forced to deal with competition.
    Brooke
  • November 2, 2009

    I STRONGLY OBJECT TO THE PROPOSED RATE INCREASE FOR AMEREN.
    VERNE KEITH BAUGHMAN
  • November 3, 2009

    It is time to stop these rate hikes. about time we get the service we have already payed for. I think there is a lot of WASTE of money especially at the top, to many high paid top people. When are you going to START thinking about your people on fixed income? Just because we are not considered poverty.level does not mean we have a lot of money, we still have OTHER bills to pay.
    George E. Wetterow
  • October 30, 2009

    I am against any rate increase for Ameren cilco.
    Delbert Lingafelder
  • October 30, 2009

    I believe they need to review how they are spending their money and not give money to people on welfare and expect they paying customer to pick up the slack. People should pay their own bills and the need to make changes into how they conduct business. I object to any rate increase.
    beverly palmer
  • October 29, 2009

    Comments apply to Ameren's requests for gas and electric rate increases, and to the Uncollectibles Rider.
    Consideration needs to be given to how customers can be expected to absorb frequent rate increases in addition to the volatility of natural gas prices. It appears that as soon as one request for rate increases is submitted another is in the works.
    Utility costs are a substantial consumer expense; continually rising expenses with no increase in income, or worse yet, reductions in income create more economic contraction.
    As to the Uncollectibles Rider, I have read that Ameren states this is common practice in retail. I would counter that in retail one still has a choice as to whether to buy (retail not being exactly robust), unlike utilities where you have no choice. I would question credit screening practices, stop-loss measures, and collection efforts. I believe that some portion of the losses can be written-off as bad debt expenses for tax purposes.
    In short, I believe that penalizing those who budget to meet their utility expenses is unfair and may just create more customers unable to meet their monthly utility expense.
    Thank you.

    Francine Buchanan
  • October 28, 2009

    I THINK THE WAY THE ECONOMY IS WE DO NOT NEED A RATE HIKE. I DON'T BELIEVE IT IS NECESSARY
    Johnny Helms
  • October 28, 2009

    vote no for the rate increase proposed by CILCO
    Scott Pruitt
  • October 28, 2009

    I OPPOSE THE RATE INCREASE.
    MARTIN KLOET
  • October 29, 2009

    Please do not pass the hike for gas delivery service rates. Things are high enough for everyone who is retired and on a fixed income.
    Cynthia J. Williams
  • October 29, 2009

    when will they realize that people living on limited income can barley scrape by.
    They get more and more of my check and my girlfriends but they will shut you off if you
    can not pay. How about a totally difffrent company getting to come in and help bring cilco down
    a little.

    Andrew Price
  • October 27, 2009

    I say no way to the suggested rate increase.
    Deborah Brown
  • October 27, 2009

    I am against the proposed rate increase for Ameren Cilco
    John Stephan
  • October 27, 2009

    I want them to vote no to any rate increase.
    paul weih
  • October 27, 2009

    I want to vote against any rate hike
    Phyllis Schock
  • October 26, 2009

    IT'S REDICULOUS THEY RAISED THE RATES LAST YEAR AND NOW THEY ARE COMING BACK AND WANTING MORE, A BIGGER RAISE THEN THEY GOT A YEAR AGO..I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S EVEN BEING CONSIDERED DURING THE TOUGH TIMES PEOPLE ARE IN. THEY SHOULD BE TOTALLY DENIED A LOT OF COMPANIES AREN'T GETTING PROFITS RIGHT NOW. I OPPOSE THIS PROPOSE INCREASE.
    JAMES BRYANT
  • October 26, 2009

    I OPPOSE THE 226 MILLION PROPOSE RATE INCREASE THAT AMEREN IS WANTING.
    LYNNE HAMILTON
  • October 26, 2009

    I believe the company does not need any rate increase. They do not deserve it, the way everything else is going up can't pay now.
    gregory Kramer
  • October 26, 2009

    I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE ICC REFUSE THE PROPOSED RATE INCREASE FOR AMEREN. THE COMPANY HAD AN INCREASE RECENTLY. AT THIS TIME ANOTHER RATE INCREASE WOULD BE OUTRAGEOUS.
    JIM WOOD
  • October 26, 2009

    MY HUSBAND AND I ARE SENIORS. WE ARE ON SOCIAL SECURITY. WE DON'T GET A RAISE THIS YEAR. IF THE PROPOSED INCREASE IS APPROVED, I DON'T KNOW WHERE WE'LL TURN.
    SHARON THOMPSON
  • October 26, 2009

    I am against the rate increase
    Donald Bejamin
  • October 26, 2009

    THEY RECEIVED 162 MILLION DOLLARS LAST YEAR AND NOW THEY ARE REQUESTING AN ADDITIONAL $226 MILLION I THINK THAT'S A LITTLE STIFF. PEOPLE AREN'T WORKING SOME ON LIMITED INCOMES I THINK IT'S A LITTLE STIFF AND I OPPOSE THE RATE INCREASE.

    CHARLEY HEAD
  • October 23, 2009

    Everyone now day's is just trying to keep a head of the raiseing coast of living.Most people have reduced the amount of money they have to spend on everyday prices and an increse in our Cilco bill is just plain outrgeous!!!!!!
    rickie
  • October 15, 2009

    I think this rate hike is terrible. Weeks ago they were saying that the prices are going down, and now they need more money? Talk about a SCAM. We cannot afford utilities as it is. They were supposed to invest thier profits to be reinvested in the busines, not blow it and ask for more like a spoiled child!!!

    STOP THEM NOW!

    Dale Clift
  • October 14, 2009

    ITS HARD TO GET THE UTILITIES PAID NOW I CAN'T AFFORD ANOTHER RATE HIKE AND I WAS TOLD THERE WILL BE EVEN ANOTHER RATE INCREASE DLUE TO THE WRITING OFF OF DELINQUENT ACCOUNTS THIS IS TOTALY WRONG AND I CAN HARDLY PAY NOW.
    KATHY STAMBAUGH
  • October 15, 2009

    The rates are unbearable now! Please stop these people.
    Larry Martino
  • October 15, 2009

    I would appreciate your consideration in denying the proposed Ameren rate hike. Profit for corporations is no longer a concern to just be in the "black" and still be able to have capital for improvents. Profits need to be excessive due to public stock pressure. A company that makes a good profit and still lays off employees or offers buyouts to employees, is just plain "greedy and immoral". Fear tactics are very prevalent in this country. Someone needs to get the ball rolling to stop this insanity. Consumers are being hit from every angle with this corporate greed and the commission has an opportunity to send a message to corporate America. We are all consumers..some just richer than others and not on a fixed income. I therefore appeal to you to deny the requested rate increase.
    Bob Brown
  • October 9, 2009

    All Ameren has to do is look at what our federal government has done with Social Security this year as far as issuing any cost of living increases. The government is saying that it might be a few years before any cost of living increases are granted to recipients of Social Security benefits. Yet Ameren goes around thinking that everything is usual and customary as far as our incomes. Plus, they completely ignore the fact that about 10% of those still in the work force are out of work right now.
    Those are the signs of an irresponsible, greedy, monopolistic company.

    Ameren is living in a fantasy world where money grows on trees. Wake up and smell the roses Ameren! Your customers have to live in the real world!

    Darold Engel
  • October 9, 2009

    How many rate increases do you need . You just had a increase last year. that should be enough for a few more year ' s . Everyone is trying to keep you with their bill's now .
    rickie gilmore
  • October 9, 2009

    Considering grave economic situations facing many Central Illinois residents, it is inconceivable for Ameren-Cilco to request a natural gas delivery rate increase. Like many other Illinois corporate monopolies, Ameren-Cilco has reaped substantial financial rewards for "serving" the citizens of Illinois. Countless unemployed and underemployed Illinois citizens simply cannot afford an enormous increase in virtually any utility cost, let alone the high cost of natural gas during the cold months.

    I strongly urge the ICC not to approve the enormous natural gas delivery rate increase Ameren-Cilco has requested.

    Sincerely,

    James Wolfe

    James Wolfe
  • October 9, 2009

    Seeing as how Ameren is one of the most wasteful utilities in the country, why are they asking for another raise?? Let their execs take a pay cut and leave our pay checks alone. We are tired of this yearly pay hike!
    Thomas Leveling
  • October 9, 2009

    In a recent Ameren bill there was an estimate as to what the increase in our bill for that month would be if Ameren were granted the rate increase it is seeking. The amount of that increase was 10% of our current bill. I am currently retired and on a fixed income, but when I was working full time, a 10% increase in my salary was unheard of. I was lucky to get 1% or 2% even when the economy was really good and business was booming. At the present time with the economy in the poor condition that it is, a rate increase of 10% is cruel and unusual punishment for all us Ameren customers. Ameren should be ashamed of even asking for this rate increase. It shows that they have no concern for their customers financial stability. They are only concerned about making record profits. Shame on them. Central Illinois was better off with it's own local CILCO power company that it had years ago. It was the most efficient and cost effective in the state.
    Darold Engel
  • October 9, 2009

    The proposed Ameren rate increase should not be allowed. Ameren should cut its own costs,such as
    eliminating jobs pay cuts, combining jobs, like most middle class non government workers have had to do.Illinois residents have seen there incomes shrink while property taxes continue to climb.
    Illinois power rates is no bargin compared to other states,if this rate hike is permited,it will cause my
    family to relocate to another state. We will become another of the 143,000 that have left the state over the past ten years!

    Gary Gondry
  • October 1, 2009

    NO MORE RATE HIKES! I"m a full time working mother of two with their father being disabled and connot afford to pay my morgtage being a low income home buyer and with rate increases I could lose my home! NO MORE!
    sheila wilson
  • October 2, 2009

    People are having a hard enough time right now making ends meet. A rate increase would just add to the worries of many of us. Many of us, myself included, already have to turn the heat way down just so the bills are not too much. Please do not let this rate increase go through.
    Gerri Young
  • October 2, 2009

    I believe that AmerenCilco needs to clean their own pockets before cleaning the pockets of the customers. Ameren is making record profits and much of that profit is from the increases pushed onto the customers. I understand that there are numerous sister companies that may not be making profit but others making more than their share of profit. The company I work for is in much the same situation. I work for the company that is holding up most of our sister companies at this time. But we have had to make numerous cost cuts (one being a wage freeze - no raises this year) to help the bottom line. Believe that AmerenCilco should be able to accomplish the same. The customers have had to modify their lifestyles due to the economic downturn. Believe that AmerenCilco needs to do the same. I say "NO" to anymore rate hikes. Maybe Ameren should lobby to get lower health care costs for their employees - this could help their bottom line tremendously and probably more profitably than a rate hike. Again, I say "NO" to any more rate hikes.
    Sharon Gualandi
  • October 2, 2009

    Please do not allow Ameren to raise our utility rates! We are struggling as it is just to meet our monthly bills. It seems like all our monthly expenses are going up, but my pay is not. In fact, raises are out of the question this year. It is not fair to the customer to raise rates at this time. It will only mean that we will be late on our payments more often than we already are.

    Thank you.

    Michael Lindsey
  • October 2, 2009

    Senior citzen on this end and cannot afford a rate hike.Fixed income only here.
    Ameren should consider the hard time and think more of thier customers

    William Short
  • October 1, 2009

    customer is against the proposed rate increase and having to pay for uncollectable CIPS bills. customer is concerned that CIPS keeps going back to the ICC for more rate hikes.
    Jim Skinner
  • October 1, 2009

    cust is against the unfair rate increase proposed by CIPS.
    Willard Patterson
  • October 1, 2009

    Mrs. Saunders objects to the proposed rate hike. Cust. says, "no to rate hike."
    Justine Saunders
  • October 2, 2009

    I am very disappointed to hear that Ameren is trying to raise their rates for a 2nd time this year. As one of the most ineffecient utility companies listed, they need to be held more accountable by their cost of doing business. If the company wants to improve their bottomline, than they need to focus on expenses first, not on charging struggling consumers first. Approving this would be encouraging the company to run inefficiently.
    Ronald A Clark
  • October 2, 2009

    The rates as they stand are horrific. The only things in my home that run on gas is the water heater and furnace. I do not have the furnace pilot light currently lit, which leaves the only thing currently running on gas is my water heater. My gas bill is 30.00 for the month. I have two less people in my home since April, so you would think less showers laundry etc a decrease in rate. Something is not adding up. To me it seem like you charge what ever you want to ensure you get the same amount of month. The same thing for electricity. During august, no one is here during the day so no tvs, lights, etc. We have moved everything up to 4 rooms upstairs and you would think I would see a definite savings. The only somewhat lower usage I see is due more likely to not running the air. If it takes 30.00 a month to run a water heater then perhaps I need to figure out some other way for us to take a bath.

    month electric elec usage therms gas gas usage
    9-Aug 95.69 950 28.7 30.02 19 0.5
    9-Jul 120.71 1190 41 29.33 17 0.5
    9-Jun 171.99 1710 57 30.26 20 0.6
    9-May 103.17 957 29.9 33.04 24 0.7

    Tami Scroggins
  • October 1, 2009

    I don't think Ameren needs any increases especially at this time and in this economy. My husband works hard and we can't afford the bills we got because he hasn't had a raise in almost 2 years or more Since Ameren ALWAYS needs money I don't know how they can say that with profits hitting 602,000,000,000 how much do they want from us little people who can't even go to the grocery store to buy food and are behind in all their bills just barely making ends meet?? how can they dare think we will put up with this any longer???
    Veronica Heffelfinger
  • October 1, 2009

    With our economy in the shape that it is in currently, why on earth would this company want to raise the rate even more from what they were over the course of the last few years.
    This only shows the people that have this utility that; they do not care about the raising of the rates. Unemployment is the most it has been in record history, jobs are being cut left and right in the state, (sangamon county) the elderly that are on fixed incomes are also going to see this as a "hurt", the middle man in the group, the ones who work hard for every dollar that they earn, are also going to feel this.

    It is simply ridiculous, we already pay and excelerated rate for the utility that we already use. Why pay more? So that Ameren can repair and fix "their" infrastrucure? Absolutely not!

    I moved the this counrty in 2000 and all I hve seen is the increase; and now that I have a degree and am working and pay everything on my own, I think it feels like a personal attack on me.

    It is as if, "the more we pay for the utility, the more we have to pay as time goes on".... it is bad enough that my gas is already over 60$ a month, which in the course of a years time = 720$ a year. With their proposed "increase" it will put me even closer to 1000$ a year. Which back in 2000-2002 - I could have said that per year i was not even this close to these numbers. I could only imagine how may more (thousands) of people that are going to agree with me on this topic.

    STOP the RATE increase before you have more people getting disconect notices...

    Concerned Citizen of Springfield, and an active advocate for stopping rate increases...

    Micahel Scott Morris of Springfield, Illinois - Sangamon County

    Michael Morris
  • September 30, 2009

    Hello,

    I am writing to comment on the $226 million dollar rate hike proposed by Ameren. I am a stay-at-home mom and we are barely getting by each month on my husband's current salary. A rate hike would be such a burden on our family and families like ourselves all across Illinois. Please don't let Ameren raise our rates yet again, especially after $600 million in profits last year. It's not right for them to raise rates when they are already making such huge profits.

    Erin Gunderson

    Erin Gunderson
  • September 21, 2009

    I do not believe that American Cilco is entitled to either a rate increase in natural gas delivery or electrical. They just had a very large increase in their rates within the past 2 years, and I feel this is totally out of line for what they are asking. Due to the current economic conditions, everyone else has learned to do without, and they should be ashamed of themselves for even thinking of asking for a rate increase at all.
    darlene mckinney
  • September 18, 2009

    The state of the economy is such that every consumer is experiencing some economic hardship. Please consider other avenues for pursuing reimbursement in unpaid bills. Further increasing the cost to paying consumers is an unfair burden in an already difficult economy.
    Staci Floyd
  • February 1, 2010

    I get both natural gas and electric from AmerenCilco. They have been getting increases, let me rephrase that, MASSIVE increase over the past 4 or 5 years now after the electricity became deregulated. I'm tired of these increases all the time especially since they hand out huge bonuses to top officials in their organization, ORGANIZED CRIME BOSSES if you ask me. JUST SAY NO to their excesses!
    Michael Eairheart
  • September 16, 2009

    I don't know if this will do any good. Everyone needs lights and gas but they need to make it affordable not everyone is making 75K or more each year. The price of everyting is going up and its ludacrious for rates to go up there has to be a balance as long as rates go up there ain't going to be a balance. rate increases keeps people from providing for their families pay car insurance house payments and so on. If you allow rates to go up then you better raise our wages thats the only way people out there is going to be able to pay not everyone makes 75K or more each year. those people don't worry about rates. I'm calling for me and others that don't make 75K each year. the company needs to look at costs because the consumer has to look at their budget and make cuts why can't ameren do the same cut cost and not stick it to us. there is only so much the average family can make each year when rates increase thats where the unnbalance part comes in and then there ain't going to be no balance. you want customers to pay their bills when people sign up for service you want those customers to pay on time for the product but with rate increases and everything else sky high how can they pay for the product. again like a broken record there has to be a balance. if this rate incease goes in there will be more problems. no one has a magic lamp and thats not being sarcastic thats being truthful.
    Debbie Sloan
  • September 16, 2009

    Hello,
    I am writing in regards to the proposed natural gas service rate increase. I believe this is absolutely ridiculous. I am already struggling to maintain my utilities at the current rate. It is not too bad in the summer months but in the winter my gas is always disconnected at some point. It seems that Ameren-Cilco and CWLP are money hungry. People are poor and barely making it as it is. I only make 9.00 an hour and my light bill is 339.00 for this month. In the winter months my gas bill is generally around the same. Show some sympathy for your customers, take pay cuts. It is simply not fair.

    Deirdre Perrin

    Deirdre Perrin
  • September 16, 2009

    I am opposed to any increases in my bill by the company, to recoup losses by persons who do not pay their bills. I pay mine. When I was a single mother of two small children I paid my bill $5.00 a week. I did not receive public Public aid recipients receive funds to pay their bills. Make them do so

    Thank you
    .

    barbara owens
  • September 14, 2009

    I do not in any way support any rate increase or fees for ameren illinois companies
    william l. buselmeier
  • September 14, 2009

    Ameren/Cilco is not having financial problems. "According to a press release on the Ameren Corporation's Web site, the Illinois arm of the company recorded core earnings of $17 million
    in the second quarter, and the entire corporation's core net income in that same quarter was $161 million." Any company making that much money does not need to increase delivery service rates for gas and electricity, especially when so many people are out of work.

    Carol Weiss
  • September 10, 2009

    I can't believe that you would even consider granting another rate increase for delivery. Last month my gas bill was $3.00 and my delivery charge was $17.00!!!!!!!!!!!! I was out of town but it is an example of the outrageous delivery charges already in place. In your great wisdom several years ago, you broke up the Cilco company in an effort to create competition and this resulted in the local co. paying all of the utility charges to the St. Louis area and they now receive cheaper rates as all of the money for the product goes to that area utility and then you grant the local company increase after increase for delivery?????????????? AND NOW , you may grant an increase to our bill to pay for the deadbeats that don't pay as well as the delivery charge increase. I am not against helping the unfortunate but this is really out in left field. What about Ameren taking a little part of the recession? I think their corporate officers and the utility workers make very good money now. Higher rates will add to the non-payer list. What about a campaign to have everyone stop paying? It's time for a revolt and you folks are helping generate it. Maybe it's time to start a campaign to replace you folks?? Socialism at it's best! Increase prices in a recession, get a clue. I guess it's time to get the Democrats out of office. Another increase will convert me to a very active republican.

    A very concerned consumer
    Roger Bowton

    Roger Bowton
  • September 9, 2009

    People are on tight budgets and want any rate increase to be denied. they expect people to do without food, medicine and people are going to freeze to death in the winter with more increases. It is getting so the utility bills are more than alot of people make. I believe it could be a 22% raise and that is outrageious and too much..
    Judy Humphrey
  • September 3, 2009

    Sirs; Electric rates are to high as is plus the fact that Ameren hiked the price not long ago!
    I should hope you would do a careful study as to the need of this hike!
    The people of Illinois not only have to bail Ameren out but will have to pay for our failed state government!
    I should hope you would put yourselves in our place when you consider any hike!
    I would think that management to operate on the shoe string so to speak until out state can do some meaningful work on the budget!
    Thanks

    Ben Eubanks
  • August 26, 2009

    on line complaint tracking # 2470:

    I would like to express my opposition to the proposed rate increase to take effect May 2010. Ameren has had enough increases granted to them, they need to learn to budget & "live off what they already have", just like the rest of us. They make plenty of money already, if they can't tighten their belts, then I guess the CEO will have to take a smaller bonus in 2010.Thank You,

    Brenda Workman
  • August 25, 2009

    I JUST DON'T BELIEVE AMEREN'S RATE INCREASE IS NECESSARY, THEY ARE MAKING A PROFIT NOW.
    GARY ANDERSON
  • February 1, 2010

    I am completely opposed to any petition by AmerenCilco, or any of their other affliated companies, which requests a rate increase in the natural gas delivery charge. Less than one year ago, CILCO applied for and received one of the largest gas delivery rate increases ever approved, despite the fact that the price of natural gas had plummeted by 70%. As a result of the gas delivery rate increase, I saw no decline in my gas bills last winter despite a warmer winter and continued low prices in the market for natural gas. Now that a new natural gas pipeline has been completed which will further increase natural gas supplies available locally,delivery charges should be declining not increasing.

    CILCO had their "dip" in the public trough last year. Granting them another delivery charge rate increase again I fear will lead to yearly requests for even further increases. The economy is in a shambles, people are losing their employment and income, and everyone, including consumers and governmental entities are cutting back. Except for CILCO; instead they now seek to lay even higher costs on the backs of their customers. I do not think this move by CILCO is in the spirit of economic recovery, instead consumers (especially residential) will simply have to take more money from other necessary expenses and instead of spending that money locally, give it to CILCO for their sole benefit.

    For the sake of justice as well as common sense, I would respectfully request that Ameren's assorted requests for further rate increases in the natural gas delivery charge be denied. Thank you for allowing me to comment.

    Dale Wood
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