Controversy Over New Area Codes

There's more support tonight for a split area code, rather than the current dual area code we're all struggling to get used to.

State Representative Ron Wait of Belvidere says he's now behind a plan to assign one area code to our region.

Right now, since 8-1-5 numbers are running out a second area code 7-7-9 has been assigned here in the stateline and that's why we have to dial 1 plus the area code no matter where we dial now.

Wait says that process is creating a lot of confusion and he plans on taking another look at the impact the changes has had on residents. He plans to meet with the Commerce Commission to discuss the issue.

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