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Illinois American Water, Ameren Illinois extending moratorium on disconnections

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CHICAGO (HOI) -- Several utility companies throughout the state are extending their moratorium for disconnections another month, giving relief to its customers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among those are Ameren Illinois and Illinois American Water -- both have operations in the greater Peoria area.

The moratorium on disconnections expired July 26, but with the extension, disconnections for residential customers will not happen until September 2020, the Illinois Commerce Commission announced Friday.

Other utility companies agreeing to the extension include Aqua Illinois, Consumer Gas, ComEd, Liberty, Nicor, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, and Utility Services of Illinois.

Several utilities have also extended similar relief to business customers and have agreed to continue waiving late fees, the ICC added.

“No one should have to fear losing life-saving utility service during a pandemic. The Commission appreciates the companies’ recognition of the continuing public health emergency and their voluntary efforts to provide much needed additional relief to affected customers,” said ICC Executive Director Christy George.   

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