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- Senate President Emil Jones used a loophole Friday to gut legislation that would have cut electric rates for millions of ComEd customers, a move that also may cripple efforts to roll back prices in southern Illinois.
The maneuver stunned the sponsor of the rollback legislation, a member of Jones' Democratic majority.
''This is not fair, ladies and gentlemen. I want to tell you right now, it's not fair,'' said Sen. Gary Forby, D-Benton.
But Jones, D-Chicago, reiterated his position that a rollback wouldn't provide consumers immediate relief. ''We must quit giving people false hope,'' he said.
The maneuver came moments after Forby had scored a major victory in his efforts to cut electric prices that surged in January after a 10-year rate freeze ended.
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