I have a bad feeling about this. Chicago is rushing to hand their electricity to Integrys, which seems like a fly by night company operating in the chronically energy short northeast, instead of sticking with Commonwealth Edison, which has the single most reliable power record in the U.S. They claim it will be cheaper, but Integrys says, hmm, well, it's risky and variable priced. But everybody has a choice to Opt Out. My electric bill under CommEd has typically been under $20 a month in winter and $40 in summer, and I've never had a power outage. Why would we want to sign up with these folks? Something about the whole thing smells fishy. Don't forget the idiots who run finance in Chicago also handed over the parking meters to a private company for 75 years in return for a billion dollars, allowing the company to quadruple prices and effectively killing off half of the small businesses in the neighborhoods. And they've started allowing Wal-Marts into the city after Wal Mart's foundation ponied bup $23 million to charter schools. It just seems like there is a pattern of corruption and criminality in all these decisions which is going to end up soaking us, the end consumers.
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