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Four areas OK electrical aggregation

Updated: January 6, 2013 10:12AM

People want cheaper electricity. That appears to be the upshot of four questions in Tuesday’s election regarding the aggregation of the utility.

Voters in Warren Township, and the towns of Barrington, Fox Lake and Hawthorn Woods all gave the go ahead for their municipalities to pursue the best price and purchase electricity for residential and small business customers.

Under Illinois law, municipalities and counties can purchase electricity on behalf of residential and small-business utility customers living within their borders.

Other successful referenda, according to unofficial results, included a village of Wauconda proposal to issue $41 million in bonds to pay the costs of water improvements. The issue won by 65 percent, with 5,189 votes cast.

In Highwood, a proposition to reduce the size of the City Council to six aldermen and to elect them in staggered terms passed by 55 to 45 percent while a proposal to increase the monthly 9-1-1 emergency telephone system surcharge failed 60 to 40 percent.

In Island Lake, a proposal to appoint rather than elect the village clerk failed by margin of 50 percent, and 78 percent of voters expressed their disagreement with a question asking the village to undertake a multimillion dollar obligation for the construction of a combined public safety building.

In Avon and Warren townships, advisories asking that the U.S. Constitution be amended to limit corporate and special interest passed overwhelmingly.

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