ILLINOIS HOUSE BILL 4508

Posted on Aug 8, 2018

The following is from the CUB (Citizens Utility Board) summer 2018 news letter which was recently received and gives another perspective on what will most likely occur should Illinois House Bill 4508 be signed by Gov. Rauner. Let it be known that Gov. Rauner has never left a bill unsigned. He has either signed or vetoed them. Hopefully, this is not the first time he leaves a bill unsigned, because if he does it becomes law on or about August 14th, 2018. Voice your opinion about this bill by contacting Gov. Rauner’s office.

“Bruising battles in Springfield
by Bryan McDaniel, Director of Governmental Affairs
The following is a rundown of the Spring 2018 legislation session. Thank you for adding your voice to the fight. Your voice amplifies ours, so please call your legislators and join CUB’s Action Network at citizenutilityboard.org.

Water. CUB has urged Gov. Bruce Rauner to veto House Bill 4508. The anti-consumer bill would allow Illinois American Water and Aqua Illinois to speed up their water privatization efforts at a pace heretofore unseen in Illinois – and make existing customers foot the bill. (Shareholders don’t pay a dime.) People served by newly acquired systems could also face higher bills once the utilities come to town. It must be nice to have you very own money machine in the form of Illinois consumers.”

As part of a separate section titled cubBITZ the following was found: “Down the drain: Chicago-area consumers served by private water companies paid an average of 20% to 70% more than people served by publicly managed water systems. That’s what a Chicago Tribune probe found last year when it calculated the rates Illinois American Water and Aqua Illinois charge for Lake Michigan water.”

HB4508 is currently on the desk of Gov. Rauner. The House and Senate both passed the bill and it was sent to Gov. Rauner on June 15, 2018. If the bill is not vetoed or left unsigned (or about August 14th) it immediately becomes law. If you have not already done so, you can contact his office at 217-782-0244 (Springfield) or 312-814-2121 (Chicago) and voice your opinion.  You can also go to www2.illinois.gov and work your way through the options until you get to Gov. Rauners’ page where you can make a comment. This affects all the residents of Candlewick Lake, but should Aqua Illinois acquire other Illinois systems it could affect all our neighbors as well. So everyone in Illinois should be opposing this bill.
Thank you and please share this information with you neighbors, families and friends.