Electric bills spark sticker shock

The news: Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed a bill in August that would have allowed ComEd to impose a $155.7 million rate increase. “It may be a dream-come-true for Commonwealth Edison, but it’s a nightmare for consumers of Illinois,” he said. Behind the news: The electric bill for an average Illinois resident is $279 for the months of November and December. For residents living in five of Chicago’s 77 community areas, the amount is enough to make up at least 5 percent of the average household income.For residents in the South Side community of Riverdale, their bill amounted to 7 percent of the average income—the highest in the city. The second highest percentage was found in another South Side community, Fuller Park, at 6 percent.