On The 21st: Illinois has the highest property taxes. Why? And should the U of I have a new mascot? We also asked the question: Should the state help a struggling nuclear energy industry keep its downstate silos open?
Utlity company Ameren has filed a request with the Illinois Commerce Commission for an electric delivery rate decrease. If approved, it's not known how much the change will impact bills, but it wouldn't go into effect until January 2017. Ameren gas customers are also expected to see a reduction now in their bills due to a drop in the cost of natural gas.
Gasoline prices in Champaign-Urbana have gone up and down in recent days, briefly dropping below $2 a gallon for the first time in months. But an analyst with the gas price tracking website GasBuddy.com says he expects prices to be lower, on the whole, going into winter.
Exelon is putting off a decision for a year on whether to close a nuclear plant in Clinton. The company has already delayed decisions about the future of reactors in Quad Cities and Byron. It still wants Illinois lawmakers to approve a monthly surcharge on electric bills to reward generators who produce carbon-free power.
A company spokesman said a 'capacity auction' in Clinton's territory did help reduce financial losses, but is still at risk of closing. But a group opposed to a legislative solution believes an auction next spring should be enough to help the plant.