Catching Up on Jack Franks’ (Out of County) Contributions

Occupied by other stories toward the end of the General Election season, McHenry County Blog fell behind in reporting big ($1,000 or more) contributions to State Rep. and Countty Board Chairman candidate Jack Franks. Below is what was reported since … Continue reading

Rate Hiking Electric Company President Gives Maximum Contribution to Jack Franks

And here they are: $5,400 Anne Pramaggiore, CEO & President, Barrington $1,000 – Illinois State AFL-CIO, Springfield Not mentioned is Anne Pramaggiore’ company. It’s the electric power company, Exelon. Exelon owns Commonwealth Edison, for whom Jack Franks cast a vote … Continue reading

Getting the Cheapest Electric Rate

Before we went on vacation, my Village of Lakewood sent out the press release below. I just got around to acting on it. The points out that Commonwealth Edison, our most avaricious utility–always asking the Illinois General Assembly to raise … Continue reading

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 29

If I were running against Jack Franks, I would be knocking on doors of homes with Com Ed electric lines in front of them. Why? Because Jack Franks introduced House Bill 3884, a bill to allow Com Ed to chop down … Continue reading

Legislators Pam Althoff, Steve Andersson Scheduled for Green Drinks Jan. 4th

A press release from the McHenry County Environmental Defenders: GREEN DRINKS MCHENRY COUNTY GATHERING SET FOR January 4 CRYSTAL LAKE – On the first Wednesday of each month, environmentally-minded people gather upstairs at Duke’s Alehouse Kitchen to network and talk about … Continue reading

Barb Wheeler Gets $1,000 from Electric Untility Ameren

There’s a game of disinformation that the two electric utilities play in Illinois. Com Ed makes contributions to legislators in southern Illinois and Ameren gives money to state representatives and senators in northern Illinois. I guess these power companies (pun … Continue reading

Hultgren Signs Letter That Will Help Com Ed to Raise Electric Rates

Congressman Randy Hultgren did not send out a press release on his signing a letter that will help Com Ed get permission to raise electric rates. I had to find this on Crain’s Chicago Business. Reporter Greg Hinz characterizes the … Continue reading

Oakwood Hills Energy Center Project Unveiled

Last week, McHenry County Blog revealed that the Village of Oakwood Hills has again been negotiating with those wishing to build a gas-fired electric generating plant. When such plants were first on the county news pages in the late 1990’s, … Continue reading

Oakwood Hills Again Negotiating for Gas-Powered Electric Generating Plant

Oakwood Hills is a residential village between Cary and Prairie Grove with about 2,000 people. There is no commercial district to provide sales taxes, so property taxes, state income tax and Motor Fuel Tax revenue sharing, plus vehicle stickers provide … Continue reading

Electricity Bulk Buyers To Pay 7.2 Cents per Kilowatt Hour for Next Year, Up 54% from Current 4.169 Cents

A press release concerning future electricity costs for most of those in McHenry County whose municipalities are buying it in bulk (think “aggregation”), which are going up almost 54% from 4.169 to 7.2 cents per kilowatt hour: NIGEAC ELECTRIC AGGREGATION … Continue reading

Quinn Vetoes Com Ed Rate Increase Bill, Veto Override Attempt Likely, Considering Lopsided Roll Calls

The two roll calls on the Com Ed/Ameren electric rate hike bill have appeared here before. Some might wonder why I feel so strongly about this legislation that will ad $6 a month to most homeowners’ electric bills. The reason … Continue reading