Electric Aggregation Referendum Results Decidedly Mixed

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 … Continue reading

Questions and Answers about Electric Aggregation Referendums

Lots of places in Illinois are having electric aggregation referendums on March 20th. They all will pass, because legislators voted to allow Commonwealth Edison and Ameren to raise electric rates and voters will rightly see that voting in favor of … Continue reading

Huntley Tea Party to Consider “Smart Meters”

A notice from the Huntley Area Tea Party: Come to the Huntley TEA Parties’ Smart Meter Event Who: The Huntley Tea Party What: Smart Meter Awareness Meeting- What’s coming your way? When: Wednesday, February 22nd, 6:30-700 PM: signup, meet and … Continue reading

Duffy Outlines Last Year’s High(Low)lights, e.g., Electric Rate High Bill, Red Light/Speed Cameras

An email from State Senator Dan Duffy: 26th District Legislative Update Dear Friends, Today Illinois faces problems like never before. Our state is in need of strong leadership. As your representative in Springfield, I am working to promote a job-friendly … Continue reading

McHenry County Blog’s List of Electric Industry Contributions to Rate Hike Senators Makes Quad Cities Publication

I knew I was getting a lot of hits on my October 28, 2011, story about the campaign contributions given by the electric industry, but look what popped up a couple of weeks ago on Quad Cities OnLine. It’s a … Continue reading

Mike Tryon’s Electric Industry Contributions

Previously, McHenry County Blog has reported on the contributions from Commonwealth Edison, Ameren and others to State Senator Pam Althoff and State Rep. Jack Franks. Both voted to override Governor Pat Quinn’s veto, Franks a last minute switch. State Senator … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

State Senator Dan Duffy Expresses Outrage at Electric Rate Hike Bill

State Senator Dan Duffy’s speech in opposition to the Com Ed/Ameren electric rate increase bill: Business side of bill: This “smart grid” technology does not prevent outages from Storms like we experienced in the recent past. It is not going … Continue reading

Smart Grid, aka, Com Ed Rate Hike Bill, Passes House without Debate, Roll Call

Each year for the next ten years, Commonwealth Edison and Ameren, its Downstate counterpart will be increasing our electric rates, compliments of State Senator Pam Althoff and State Representatives The State Senate voted to override Governor Pat Quinn’s veto this … Continue reading

Althoff Vote Makes the Difference in Passing Com Ed Rate Hike Bill, Roll Call

State Senator Pam Althoff provided the deciding vote in overriding Governor Pat Quinn’s veto of the Commonwealth Edison/Ameren electric rate increase bill. The veto override of the veto of Senate Bill 1652 passed by just one vote. That means every … Continue reading

Two of Three State Reps. Vote for Com Ed Rate Increase “Trailer” Bill, Roll Calls on HB 3036

Readers by now have figured out that I think Com Ed’s and Ameren’s electricity rate hike “Smart Grid” bill is dumb. Let me tell you why. The Illinois Commerce Commission has granted monopoly status to electric utilities. In return for … Continue reading

Althoff Goes with Com Ed, Duffy Doesn’t & Com Ed/Ameren Rate Hike “Trailer” Bill Senate Roll Call

Here’s the roll call for the so-called trailer bill that supposed to make the Com Ed/Ameren rate hike bill better. Governor Pat Quinn, who cut some of his community organizing teeth creating the Citizens Utility Board, doesn’t agree that it … Continue reading

County Board Looking at Buying Electricity in Bulk, March Referendum Following Fox River Grove’s and Harvard’s Example Possible

A presentation about how the McHenry County Board could help residents save 10% or more on electric bills by shopping around was made at the September 9th Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. The draft minutes of the committee chaired by … Continue reading

McCullom Lake is Last in Com Ed Reliablity

McHenry County making the front page of the Chicago Sun-Times twice in one week. That’s probably a record since the tragic school bus-Metra train collision in Fox River Grove in the mid-1990’s. First we are treated to the Thursday revelation … Continue reading