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.”
Illinois legislators already passed a law that lets ComEd and Ameren charge higher rates for electricity. Now, natural gas companies want the same treatment. The argument for letting ComEd and Ameren hike electric rates was that it'll allow the companies to make needed updates to the electric grid.
A small group of stakeholders will meet at the end of the month to craft a plan to remedy ComEd’s clear-cutting along a DeKalb nature trail. Members of the DeKalb Park District, ComEd representatives, and two people who live near the popular trail make up the panel.