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(KPLR) - Be prepared to receive bigger electric bills if you live in the state of Illinois.  The State Appellate Court says Illinois regulators can force electricity customers.  The increase is to help pay for the $1.6 billion dollar Futuregen project.  The long-delayed project would re-fit a coal-fired plant in Western Illinois.  The technology will remove carbon dioxide and store it underground.

Illinois plans to charge an extra $1 to $1.40 cents per month on all power bills.

The start date has not been confirmed.