As the East Coast slowly recovers from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, some Chicagoans are actively lending a hand. More than 700 employees of Chicago-based utility Commonwealth traveled to Baltimore and Philadelphia to help restore electricity to the region.
Repair crews have restored power for about 300,000 Commonwealth Edison customers, but the utility is still working to get the lights back on for about 48,000 customers in northern Illinois.ComEd spokesman Tony Hernandez says most of the remaining outages should be fixed by Wednesday but a few c
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he wants the city to vie for cheaper electricity rates from companies other than ComEd. The city council will look at a proposal Friday that would be the first step towards making those negotiations possible.
Frank Clark began his career at Commonwealth Edison in the mailroom. More than 45 years later, he became chairman and CEO of the largest electric utility company in Illinois. Clark will retire next month but recently sat down for a chat with WBEZ’s Richard Steele.
Construction on Chicago-based Commonwealth Edison's new electrical grid system is scheduled to begin in January.The announcement comes about one week after Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed controversial legislation allowing electric companies to raise rates to pay for a so-called digital "smart grid."