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Lawmakers Attack Electric Rates

CHICAGO (AP) -- Both Governor Rod Blagojevich and Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn make weekend attacks on the electric rate increases granted under the recent state power auction.

At an appearance yesterday, Blagojevich said he would call a special session of the Illinois General Assembly to extend the recent nine-year rate freeze as soon as he is sure he has enough votes lined up in both chambers.

At a separate appearance, Quinn and leaders of the Citizen's Utility Board assailed the high salaries being paid to electrical utility executives -- particularly the 27 million dollars a year being paid to Exelon C-E-O John Rowe. Exelon is the parent company of ComEd, which plans to increase its average customers' bills by from 22 to 26 percent after January First.

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