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Chicago suburban races, referendums

A significant majority of nearly 300 municipalities and counties approved referendum measures Tuesday that will allow officials to negotiate electricity rates with alternative suppliers in behalf of their residents.

The process, known as electrical aggregation, is intended to let local governments obtain market rates that currently are lower than those offered in the Chicago area by Commonwealth Edison Co. and downstate by supplier Ameren Illinois.

Some of the nearly 20 Illinois communities that previously approved such ballot initiatives reported their residents had seen savings of 15 percent to 30 percent in the supply portion of their power bills.

In Hoffman Estates, Patel Ashokkumar, 49, a medical researcher, said he voted in favor mostly because of the prospect of cheaper electricity.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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