ComEd / Wikipedia

Grants from a utility company will help communities in northern Illinois improve safety.

Concerned about storms that have ripped through the area, the City of Harvard will use its grant to replace outdated warning sirens.

The Village of Kingston will acquire a speed detector to enhance safety on the state highway that runs through town and the local grade-school zone. Two other recipients will get automated external defibrillators, also known as AEDs.

ComEd is inviting seniors citizens in Rockford to apply for the “Senior Giving” hardship fund program. 

It’s part of the utility’s CARE program, which offers financial aid options for customers with past due electric bills. The program is available through December 24th, or while funds are available. 

Customers can apply at the office of Community Action on Court Street.  


The Illinois Supreme Court agreed to hear a case regarding the FutureGen clean-coal project in central Illinois.

The high court said it would consider whether state utilities must buy electricity from the Morgan County facility. A 2012 ruling required companies like ComEd to sign 20-year contracts for FutureGen-produced power.

Flickr user E Photos / "IMG_1927 - Power Lines" (CC v 2.0)

The Illinois Commerce Commission approved ComEd’s Grand Prairie Gateway Project, a new transmission line that will run across DeKalb, Ogle, Kane and DuPage counties.

Construction is set to begin after April 2015 for the line to be in service by June 2017. The line will require about 400 steel power poles from ComEd’s existing substation just east of the Kane County line to the substation in Byron.

Decision Nearing On Proposed Transmission Line

Sep 29, 2014

State regulators will soon decide on an energy project for northern Illinois.


Several thousand residents in Stephenson and Jo Daviess Counties remain without power after severe storms that blew through the region overnight late Monday and early Tuesday. 

ComEd Gets Feedback On Transmission Line

Oct 14, 2013
Mike Moen/WNIJ

ComEd is almost done gathering public input for a proposed transmission line in northern Illinois. The next step is getting approval from state regulators. Ahead of that decision, residents in one community hope the Illinois Commerce Commission endorses a route that doesn't affect their properties.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Northern Illinois needs a faster, more reliable electrical grid. That’s why Com Ed is being advised to build a 57-mile-long high-power transmission line stretching across four counties. The company that supplies electricity to most of the region is holding open houses about the project it’s calling “The Grand Prairie Gateway.”

Quinn Vetoes Smart Grid Bill

May 6, 2013

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn vetoed legislation yesterday that would have paved the way for increases in electric rates. The bill applies to the state's largest electric utilities: ComEd and Ameren. They're trying to secure a rate hike in order to pay for upgrades to their smart grid. Normally, the utilities have to go through a state regulator, but that agency said "no" to rate hikes. So the companies have been trying a different strategy.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The DeKalb Nature Trail was replanted Thursday, half a year after ComEd removed most of the growth below its overhead transmission lines.