Monday, January 09, 2006

Thinking Outside the "Box"

The Governor has named a former Rockford mayor chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission.
From a press release:

Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today appointed former Rockford Mayor Charles E. Box as chair of the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), the state body responsible for regulating utilities and ensuring the citizens of Illinois safe, efficient, reliable, and uninterrupted utility services at reasonable prices.

"Working families, senior citizens and individuals living on fixed incomes across Illinois are feeling the pressure from increasing energy costs. It's critical that we have an Illinois Commerce Commission committed to making sure consumers are getting reliable service at fair, affordable and reasonable rates," said Gov. Blagojevich. "Charles Box is a veteran public servant who has shown throughout his distinguished career that he can be fair-minded and make decisions in the best interest of the public."

Box was the first African American to serve as Mayor of the state's second city. Box, an attorney, succeeds Kevin Wright, who had been serving as interim chairman. In what has been an eventful year for the ICC, Ed Hurley was ousted by the Governor. His replacement, Martin Cohen, was rejected by the Senate, ostensibly because of his CUB connections. (Another reliable pro-consumer figure, former state senator Pat Welch, was passed over for the nomination for much the same reasons.)

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