The Illinois Tea Party

Would you like milk or sugar with your tea? Or how about lower electricity bills? Disgusted with their utility companies' plans to hike electricity rates as much as 55% in 2007, Illinoisans are throwing their version of the Boston Tea Party, sending tea bags with their bill payments as a sign of protest. Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn, a legendary showman who has few official duties and plenty of time to think up such stunts, says thousands of tea bags have been sent to ComEd and Ameren, the state's largest utilities, since the protest began on Sept. 18. (It's set to continue...

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