Friday, January 27, 2012
A group of communities have joined together to seek cheaper power rates — but first, voters will have to sign off. How do you plan to vote on March 20?
When Romeoville residents head to the polls March 20, they’ll be asked to choose from a pool of primary candidates in county, state and Congressional races. This election season, another decision will also rest in voters’ hands. Romeoville is among more than 20 Will County communities asking residents to approve a referendum that could mean lower electric bills for homeowners and small businesses. Under a plan known as electric aggregation, the electric loads of each community would be combined, with the Will County Governmental League acting as a broker to try to negotiate cheaper power rates. The plan is made possible by the deregulation of Exelon, parent company of ComEd, because the power giant is no longer the sole provider of …
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Coming on the heels of Black Friday, the online shopping bonanza is typically online retailers' biggest day of the year. With deals to be had at the click of the mouse, will you be one of the millions of online shoppers?
You've barely had time to digest all that turkey, and already, the holiday shopping season is in well under way. Following hot on the heels of Black Friday, traditionally the biggest day of the year for big-box retailers, and this weekend's Small Business Saturday is Cyber Monday. Hoping to compete, online retailers spice up their sites with special deals, and even stores with brick-and-mortar locations are offering up online bargains. According to a press release from ComScore, Cyber Monday sales spiked 16 percent in 2010 over the previous year, with more than $1 billion in online spending. In fact, online sales were booming, with shoppers shelling out $13.55 billion on the Internet. And it appears that online shopping has allowed a lot …
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Does political talk go well with turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie? Or does it just make for a dyspeptic holiday?
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Thursday, November 24, 2011
As you celebrate Thanksgiving this year, consider the the following. The next time you do so, the 2012 presidential election campaign will have just ended. So for those inclined to campaign at the Thanksgiving table, 2011 is it. But is that a good idea? Stories of political arguments ruining holiday gatherings are the stuff of many family legends. Whether you are host or guest, do you favor or dread political conversation over Thanksgiving dinner? Let us know by voting in our poll and sharing your experiences and your advice here.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Residents weighed in during a community forum last month; now Patch is asking everyone to tell us what they think.
It might be years down the road, but make no mistake, according to village officials — it’s coming. Thanks in part to an $80,000 study grant from the Regional Transportation Authority, planning is well under way for the future East Side redevelopment. The East Side Plan is anchored by the future Metra station, set to be built south of the Citgo refinery on 135th Street near New Avenue. Late last month, a small group of residents turned out to a community forum to answer the question: What would you like to see develop on the East Side? Now, we’re asking you. For those of you who couldn’t make it to the Sept. 28 forum — or even if you were there — what do you most want to see in a revitalized East Side? Vote in our poll, and tell us in the …