By: Arnold Wyrick
He was just one of the 50-plus people who boarded the bus in Marion on Wednesday morning. Each one of the passengers were AMEREN CIPS customers who are fed up with their hiked electric bills. "We've sent the copies of our bills and all of our information to our representatives, and to our senators. And if this is what it's going to take to show them the masses in action, then that's what we're going to do," says Mayor Evelyn Fuqua of Crainville, Illinois.
Granted each of the P.O.W.E.R. Rally participants were looking forward to voicing their complaints about the electric rates in Illinois. But they were also concerned about their neighbors, and wanted to voice their concerns too while in Springfield. "With Summer coming up I'm really worried about people that are going to go without their air-conditioners and fans. And we just need to bring these rates back down for everybody in this community and southern Illinois," says Marsha McGuire of Carterville, Illinois.