Chicago Heights residents passed a referendum Tuesday that will allow the village to negotiate better electricity prices for them.
The village's electricity aggregation referendum passed by a 26.18 percent margin—with a final vote of 5,515 to 3,227.
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Now that the referendum has passed, village officials will be holding more public meetings to inform residents about what electricity aggregation will entail. Officials will be seeking bids from power companies to try get a better rate for citizens and small businesses.
ComEd will still be in charge of billing and delivering electricity to homes, but that power could come from a different supplier. And although the measure passed, residents can still opt out and purchase their electricity from the supplier of their choice.
Residents and business owners can already and still will be able to find their own cheaper rates.The Citizens Utility Board and the Illinois Commerce Commission offer resources for residents to do this online.