| Mar 20, 2014
Naperville councilmen this week expressed frustration with the prospect of an electricity rate increase linked to a projected $14 million deficit with the city-owned utility.
Residential customers may have to pay nearly $4 more to their average...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 11:05 AM
Electric bills in Naperville are going up about $5 a month for the average homeowner starting May 1 and another $6 next spring.
The City Council narrowly approved a 6 percent rate hike followed by a 7 percent increase to help fill a $14 million...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 2:05 PM
Mundelein officials are saying residents' electric rate may go up by as much 66 percent or more once the town's current aggregation contract expires in July.
As of now, residents and businesses that don't opt out of Mundelein's aggregation plan pay a...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 11:19 AM
Saying their finances have improved since the town instituted three utility taxes after the recession, Libertyville's village board recently approved a 10 percent reduction of an electric tax while extending that and another telecommunications tax....
| Apr 24, 2014
| 5:19 PM
Last week, a divided court of appeals upheld what may well be the most important environmental rule in the nation's history: the Environmental Protection Agency's mercury standards. The regulation is expected to prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths, 4,...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 12:44 PM
An increase in electricity rates and an increase in sales tax could be on the horizon for Batavia residents and businesses if the City Council approves a proposal at its meeting on Monday that would help pay for participation in an energy project that...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 9:19 AM
Batavia officials are considering an electric rate increase or an increased sales tax to help pay for the city's participation in an energy project that is costing the city millions.
In advance of a March vote on whether to increase rates or taxes,...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 12:25 PM
The Batavia City Council voted Monday night to increase the city's sales tax and raise electric rates in an effort to keep its struggling electric utility fund afloat in the coming years.
In a 10-4 vote, the council agreed to raise the city's sales...
| Apr 24, 2014
As the once-touted savings of municipal electric aggregation programs start to recede across some Illinois communities, Des Plaines officials want to wait until June before deciding whether to place an aggregation referendum question on the November...
| Apr 19, 2014
| 9:00 PM
WASHINGTON — The political attack ad that ran recently in Arizona had some familiar hallmarks of the genre, including a greedy villain who hogged sweets for himself and made children cry.
But the bad guy, in this case, wasn't a fat-cat lobbyist or...
| Apr 24, 2014
Re "The right takes aim at the solar industry," April 20
The vast sums of money used by the Koch brothers and their ilk originated from average Americans fueling their vehicles and powering their homes.
Billions of dollars are sucked out of our...