The city of Galesburg is warning residents about energy suppliers that are going door to door to drum up business.
Ameren Illinois is being told to reduce its distribution rates for next year for its electricity customers.
The Illinois General Assembly has overridden Governor Pat Quinn's veto of legislation that addresses so-called "Smart Grid" technology.
Illinois regulators have given Ameren Illinois permission to raise natural gas rates by about $32 million.
The Illinois Commerce Commission said it will allow rates to rise by 1.2% to 5.4%, depending where customers live. The rates would go up starting this month.
The Citizens Utility Board said it will appeal the decision. Board executive director David Kolata pointed out the decision comes just as Illinois faces the first real cold weather of winter.
CUB complained the rate increase is $2 million more than an administrative law judge recommended last fall.