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Connor urges Governor to veto private water company Bill

7/11/2018, 2:24 p.m.
State Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, is urging Governor Bruce Rauner to veto a bill that consumer advocates say would skyrocket ...

State Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, is urging Governor Bruce Rauner to veto a bill that consumer advocates say would skyrocket water costs for suburban residents and give private water companies the

opportunity to monopolize the resource.

“As I said during debate on the House floor, the only ones who will benefit from this legislation will be Illinois American Water and Aqua, the two private water corporations in this state,” Connor said. “When these companies buy large, public water systems to expand their customer base, their existing customers, many of whom live in my district, are the ones footing the bill.”

House Bill 4508 amends the Illinois Water Viability Act with provisions that would remove the cap on the size of water systems that private companies are allowed to buy in Illinois. Currently, state law states that

a private water company may buy public water utilities and distribute the purchase cost amongst its current customers via rate increases. The Citizens Utility Board, a consumer advocate group, fears that removing the cap on the size of water systems that private companies are able to purchase will allow them to monopolize water in suburban areas, further increasing rates on existing customers in order to purchase new water systems and increase profits.

“Water is an absolute necessity, and consumers shouldn’t be stuck paying higher rates because private companies want to increase their profits,” Connor said. “I urge Governor Rauner to do the right thing for consumers and veto this bill.”

For more information on House Bill 4508, please contact Connor’s constituent service office at 815-372-0085 or RepConnor@gmail.com.