2011 Campaign Contributions from Those Interested in Allowing Com Ed & Ameren to Hike Electric Rates without ICC Approval

A high power line broke on Main Street in Crystal Lake next to Best Buy. It didn’t take a Smart Grid to find it.

The Campaign for Political Reform has a spreadsheet that shows how much each state legislator has taken from companies like Commonwealth Edison, Ameren and other entities which it thinks has a stake in the so-called “Smart Grid” electricity rate hike bill.

It’s not perfect. I found one State Senator who got a contribution from ComEd PAC that wasn’t on it, but it’s the best one-source document out there.

The donations shown are for this calenday year through October 18th. The Com Ed/Ameren electric rate hike veto override of Senate Bill 1652 occurred on October 19th, so there is some possibility additional, last minute contributions were made.

Below you see the contributions from 2011 for the 39 State senators who voted to override Governor Pat Quinn’s veto of Senate Bill 1652:

  • Senate Democratic Victory Fund – $89,250
  • Republican State Campaign Committee – $42,650

The Democratic Party Senate campaign fund is controlled by Senate President John Cullerton.

The Republican Party Senate campaign fund is run by Minority Leader Christine Radogno.

In descending order, here’s what each of the 39 State Senators who voted to raise your electric rates got in contributions from Commonwealth Edison, Ameren, plus other companies and executives thereof which the Committee on Political Reform believes had an interest in the bill’s passage:

  • Mike Jacobs, sponsor of Senate Bill 1652

    Christine Radogno – $38,000

  • Kirk Dillard – $19,000
  • Mike Jacobs – $16,750
  • Dale Righter – $13,930
  • Antonio Munoz – $13,850
  • Don Harmon – $11,500
  • Toi Hutchinson – $11,000
  • James Meeks – $11,000
  • Bill Brady – $9,500
  • Annezette Collins – $8,250
  • A. J. Wilhelmi – $7,700
  • Mattie Hunter – $7,000
  • Carole Pankau – $6,350
  • John Millner – $6,050
  • Donne Trotter – $6,000
  • John Jones – $5,750
  • Kimberly Lightford – $5,500
  • William Haine – $5.450
  • Terry Link – $5,000

    GOP Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno

  • Michael Noland – $4,750
  • Matt Murphy – $4,250
  • Pam Althoff – $4,000
  • David Leuchtefeld – $3,358
  • Kwame Raoul – $2,500
  • Sue Rezin – $2,000
  • Maggie Crotty – $1,500
  • John Cullerton – $1,500
  • Linda Holmes – $1,250
  • Iris Martinez – $1,250
  • Emil Jones, III – $1,000
  • William Delgado – $1,000
  • David Koehler – $750
  • Martin Sandoval – $500
  • Thomas Johnson – 0
  • Steven Landek – 0
  • Ron Sandack – 0


2011 Campaign Contributions from Those Interested in Allowing Com Ed & Ameren to Hike Electric Rates without ICC Approval — 16 Comments

  1. I do not plan on voting for my senator next time she is up for re-election.

    I have been taken for the last time with her.

    I even went to the bother of calling her office to oppose the Com Ed bill.

  2. It is a shame that these people are in government roles.

    They are all crooks.

    These companies have no intention of upgrading anything but their own pockets with this increase in rates.

  3. Looking at that list of “war- chest contributions”, it certainly looks like those folks all “got theirs”.

    The money is worth more than a gentle handslap and mild rebuke from any caucus leader.

    In the end, the causus leader doesn’t cast the votes.

  4. I have no intentiom of ever giving my support to any of these people again.

    They should be ashamed of themselves.

    People are hardly surviving as it is. Even Gov. Quinn realize that.

    What’s your problem?

    I’ve made a copy of these people so I can tell others,


  5. Wait, Radogno gets $38k of a $42.6k GOPTea cut of the pie? How is that happening?

    Poor Sandoval takes home only $500?

    And Cullerton is at $1,500?

    Just like Wall Street. At the Illinois Senate level.

  6. Now it comes down to this… 2 Naperville, IL moms arrested for refusing “Smart Meter” installations on their private property.

    These meters have FCC numbers on them indicating they are tracking devices which is against the 4th Amendment:

    “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”


    These meters also allow for the power company to regulate your power usage in your home.

    This is another “Redistribution of wealth” assuring that you will only be allowed what the government deems necessary and be given to those that they deem worthy.

    Support only those that did not take money for their vote.

  7. Why try and fight these crooked people with words.

    Why not go on your knees and pray for God to remove them from office.

    Prayer is the most effective weapon we have.

    God is ready to do a big work in both local and national politics,

    He is very tired of corruption and self interest,and excluding Him from their decisions.

    Watch what God is going to do to these crooked politicians.

  8. Aw, this was a really good post.

    Taking a few minutes and actual effort
    to create a superb article… but what can I say…

    I hesitate a whole lot and don’t seem to get anything done.

  9. And there sits Pam Althoff on the McHenry County Board! Isn’t she also a “lobbyist?

    And, what a disappointment Christine Radogno is.

    Glad she didn’t run again.

  10. Then Democrat Governor Pat Quinn vetoed Senate Bill 1652 (SB 1652) in the 97th General Assembly on September 12, 2011.

    The House and Senate overrode the veto on October 26, 2011 and the bill became Public Act 97-0616 (PA 97-0616).

    SB 1652 > PA 97-616.



    Here’s the override votes of local State Representatives and Senators on October 26, 2011.

    State Senator Pam Althoff, Crystal Lake office, Yes.

    State Senator Dan Duffy, Barrington office, No.

    State Representative Jack Franks, Woodstock office, Yes.

    State Representative Kent Gaffney (appointed to replace Mark Beaubien), No.

    State Representative Michael Tryon, Crystal Lake office, Yes.

  11. Another large energy bill that passed was Senate Bill 2814 (SB 2814) signed into law as Public Act 99-0906 (PA 99-0906) on December 7, 2016 by Republican Governor Bruce Rauner.

    SB 2814 > PA 99-0906



    PA 99-0906 was also known as the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) and informally labeled by some the Exelon rate hike.

    It included solar, wind, and nuclear subsidies.

  12. The Senate Democratic Victory Fund is again in the news.



    Cullerton’s complicated exit: disgruntled aide muzzled after money went missing

    by Mark Maxwell

    November 19, 2019

    “The campaign finance records from the Senate Democratic Victory Fund, the Citizens for John Cullerton for State Senate campaign fund, the Committee to Support John Cullerton for State Central Committeeman, and the Illinois Democratic Heartland Committee, taken in tandem with dozens of interviews with Democratic senators and political staff, paint a broader portrait of disharmony, discontent, infighting, turmoil and turnover.”


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