What I thought was going to be the most uncontroversial item on the ballot wasn’t.
Having put together the bulk buying of natural gas for state government facilities across Illinois while working for the Department of Central Management Services, it seems to be that the bulk buying of electricity is a pretty straight forward proposition.
Unless you don’t trust your local government, what’s to object to?
Especially, since you can opt out of the program if you think Com Ed’s price will be better or you’d rather shop around for yourself.
I figure let someone who has more expertise do the shopping, so I voted, “Yes.”
I had gotten some emails opposed to it.One had two objections, one of which didn’t seem to make any sense to me.
The complaint was made that municipal officials would not be allowed to negotiate the delivery price.
That is completely correct and that is because the local delivery cost is set by the Illinois Commerce Commission.
I figure the person who sent the email just didn’t know that was the situation.In any event that objection was not a legitimate reason to vote “No.”
The second objection was that it would force peak pricing. I asked my Lakewood Village Administrator, but did not get an answer.
So, if you voted against the referendum in your area (unincorporated or municipality), please tell readers where you live and why you voted “No.”
Results of McHenry County electric aggregation referendums follow:
Algonquin is in two counties, McHenry and Kane. It passed by a little bit on the McHenry County side, but failed by more on the Kane County side. The result was as 1,557-1,576 vote, with early and absentee ballot still not folded in, for a 50.3% “Yes” vote and 49.7% “No.”
Now let’s look at those municipalities where people approved their referendums.
Huntley also straddles the Kane-McHenry County line. Unlike Algonquin, however, residents on both side voted for the referendum. There were 3,731 in favor and 2,870 against, when the figures were added together. 56.5% voted in favor.
I skipped Barrington Hills and Island Lake.