Citizen Meet Municipal Aggregation, Municipal Aggregation Meet Citizen

In addition to voting for candidates during this month’s consolidated elections, voters in many Illinois municipalities, including Maywood, will be considering whether or not to engage in what’s come to be called ‘Electrical Aggregation,’ or ‘Municipal Aggregation.’

You may have come upon a flyer or pamphlet on your porch or in your mail attempting to explain this convoluted phrase. You may have been even more confused about the issue after reading the explanation And as you read this post, said pamphlet or flyer is probably ‘explaining’ municipal aggregation to an audience of garbage in a landfill.

So, over the next several days leading up to the election, I’ll explore the issue in-depth. Please note that I’m not a flyer or pamphlet, meaning if you talk to me, I’ll talk back. If you have any questions, concerns, suggestions and/or opinions, simply type them in the comments section or shoot them in an email to www.thevillagefreepress@gmail.com.

Now, because I’m no expert and I know I’m not an expert, I thought it wise to simply bring your attention to some of the clearest and most concise explanations and considerations of municipal aggregation that I’ve come across during my research. Some articles/considerations I’ll present verbatim, word-for-word; others, I’ll paraphrase.

Sometimes, I’ll present my own analysis based on the information I’ve found. Feel free to scrutinize, question and/or argue with my perspective until your heart’s content. That’s the point. Or, if this information suits you, simply nod silently in agreement. But by all and any means, know what you’re voting on before you vote.

And now, without further ado, here’s the resolution (go to the Cook County Clerk’s site to verify the accuracy of the following):

Shall the Village of Maywood have the authority to arrange for the supply of electricity for its residential and small commercial retail customers who have not opted out of such a program?

It helps to read this at least five times (which is what I did so that it could sink in). I’ll leave you to it and post some of my first findings tomorrow.

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