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CUB issues warning about electricity-rate scams

Consumers are being warned about solicitors pitching electricity-rate deals. Door-to-door and phone offers promising to save money on power-supply costs can be misleading and wind up costing customers more. That’s the warning from the Citizens Utility Board.

The Illinois utility watchdog group (CUB), is seeking reforms to help customers make better deals in an electricity supply market that opened up competition in Illinois eight years ago.

The group emphasized it's targeting bad deals that are peddled door-to-door and through email and telemarketing, rather than municipal aggregation deals negotiated by communities on behalf of their residents and businesses that generally come with consumer protections.

In some cases, misleading offers wind up costing customers double to triple the supply rates offered by their local regulated utilities, according to the CUB.

Customers of alternative electric suppliers lost a record $198 million from June 2016 through May 2017, even more than the $125.8 million they lost the previous year, the group said.

The CUB is calling on state lawmakers to launch three reforms, one of which would ban automatic renewal of power supply contracts that are sometimes subject to renewals at significantly higher rates.

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Iroquois, Vermilion County issued final tax multiplier

Iroquois and Vermilion County have been issued a final property assessment equalization factors of 1.0000 by the Illinois Department of Revenue.

The Department of Revenue says assessments in both counties are at just over 33 percent of market value, based on sales of properties in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

The property assessment equalization factor – often called the ‘’multiplier’’ – is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties, as required by law.

The factor is particularly important because some of the state’s 6,600 local taxing districts overlap into two or more counties. They include such districts as school and community college districts and fire protection districts.
Constance Beard, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue, says if there were no equalization among counties, substantial inequities among taxpayers with comparable properties would result.

Under Illinois law, property should be assessed at one-third of its market value. Farm property is assessed differently and is not subject to the state equalization factor.

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Caution the word on area roadways today…

Slick road conditions contributed to several area traffic accidents early today in Illiana. A freezing rain and snow posed slippery conditions, especially on bridge decks and entrance/ exit ramps.

Illinois State Police reported the southbound lanes of I-57 at Clifton were closed before 6 am due to one accident. Other sections of the interstate, near Bradley and Manteno, also led to alerts for motorists.

The snowfall is expected to continue today, tonight and tomorrow. Little accumulation is likely, but below freezing temperatures and wind gusts will cause problems too.

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RECORD COLD- -- the NWS reports

When the mercury fell below zero early Monday morning, some areas of central Illinois saw record-breaking cold.

The snow on the ground made all the difference for the cold front that came from the Dakotas, all the way through central Illinois. Springfield saw little snow cover and saw lows in the teens, if not twenties.

But meteorologist Chuck Schaffer with the National Weather Service in Lincoln says other places nearby got much colder.
“Coldest temps we saw was -1 at Lincoln and -2 at Paxton; that was the coldest ever recorded at those sites for the date in April and the month,” Schaffer said.

Schaffer says the cold snap is likely to continue through Wednesday and into the weekend.

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Singing for the Stars April 14th

Join Iroquois Sexual Assault Services (ISAS) as they host Singing for the Stars on Saturday, April 14th at the Watseka Theatre.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m.

This fundraiser is a fun and unique event where a local pro vocalist and a community member get paired up to compete.

Tickets for event entry are just $20. There will be a cash bar and food available at the event.

Advance tickets are on sale. Tickets are available online at KC-CASA.org/event. Seating will be limited. This event is open to ALL ages!

For more information please call ISAS at 815.432-2779 or go online to our event page at kc-casa.org/event.

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