- Associated Press - Thursday, January 22, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - In a Jan. 21 story about the Illinois Commerce Commission’s approval of a Peoples Gas rate hike, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the commission has two open seats. It only has one open seat.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Peoples Gas wins $75 million rate increase on 3-1 vote

Peoples Gas wins $75 million rate hike from Illinois Commerce Commission, new chair Sheahan

CHICAGO (AP) - Peoples Gas customers will pay more beginning next month under a rate increase approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission under newly appointed Chairman Brien Sheahan.

The $74.8 million rate increase approved Wednesday is expected to raise gas bills up to $2.75, according to Peoples Gas spokeswoman Jennifer Block. The action came after customers spoke out against it during the commission’s meeting.

Chairman David Kolata of the watchdog group Citizens Utility Board says he’s pleased the commission cut the utility’s request by 30 percent but said his group would seek for a rehearing to challenge part of the increase.

The commission, which has an open seat, voted 3-1 for the increase. Among the commissioners backing it was Sheahan, who was a key adviser to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s campaign.

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