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Final public information session planned on electricity issue

Palos Hills is encouraging residents to attend a final public information session before the March 20 election primary on the merits of aggregating local electricity.

Officials are seeking approval for a referendum question that asks residents if they want the city to aggregate residential and small business electricity to save money.

NIMEC (Northern Illinois Municipal Electric Collaborative) would seek the bids from electric companies, but the city would be able to choose the bidder. A NIMEC representative is also leading the information session, which will be on March 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Center at 8455 W. 103rd St.

“We’re trying our best to get the word out to our residents to urge them to support the referendum,” said Mayor Gerald Bennett.

Bennett said the last information session had been a success with 20-25 people attending and appearing supportive of the referendum question. He said a letter about the referendum and next information session would be attached to residents’ water bills next week.

Ald. Pauline Stratton said she wanted to be sure residents wouldn’t avoid the primary because they didn’t want to declare a party. Stratton pointed out voters could merely ask for a nonpartisan ballot and vote for the referendum question.

“That way they can still vote for the electric issue and they won’t have to declare,” said Stratton.

Stratton said 16 other communities had joined NIMEC and left Com Ed for lower electric rates. She said residents could be expected to save 10 to 15 percent on their electric bills. Com Ed will still take care of repairs, said Stratton.

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