Concerned in Flossmoor

Concerned in Flossmoor

No power since 4:09 PM yesterday. 

The ComEd site says we will be restored by the 7th!  We are the same group of homes that took days to have power restored during the last outage.  I have contacted ComEd numerous times in addition to keeping our mayor up to date.  I am now letting you know about this craziness with the hope that you can make some noise!  This is insane!  Has Flossmoor sunk so low that we are at the end of the list every time there is a power outage?  This makes me SICK – so many taxes paid and so little in return where the “necessities” are concerned.  We can live without new lights but many can’t live with the HABIT of having to replace full refrigerators and freezers.  So let’s be vocal and try to get some results NOW!


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AJEye August 05, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I understand it could be worse, but at the very least, we should have a reasonable explanation for our delays!
AJEye August 05, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Well the good news is we now know the problem - a damaged Transformer! Now at least we can take comfort in the fact that our mayor has gotten to the bottom of the issue and the ComEd execs are aware of the immediate problem. People, it’s all about good communication! Let’s keep up the good work and talk about our Village issues. The answers are in our shared knowledge and knowledge is power!
Sue Johnson August 05, 2012 at 05:11 PM
We are on a street in Homewood that also is still out of power and also not expected to be restored til the 7th, so the damage or long delays aren't just limited to Flossmoor. I'm sure you realize ComEd is a profitable 15 billion a year company with 3.7 million customers....so your high local property taxes have no bearing on their schedule. Though as it is Sunday and a good day to count our blessings, it sounds like you live in a very nice home based on your "high" taxes and ALWAYS have full refrigerators and freezers. My neighbors across the street are losing their house in auction/foreclosure this month and have $40 to their name and I guarantee the little bit of food in their fridge or freezer is going to hit them much harder than yours and yet they have been out helping others today. If this is a "habit" then do yourself a favor and get a generator and enjoy the day!!
AJEye August 05, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Never a good idea to make assumptions – but I will enjoy my day and wish you and all our neighbors the best!
Juvenal August 05, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Wow Sue, never thought I'd see a power outage thread segue into class warfare so quickly.....
AJEye August 06, 2012 at 02:19 PM
If you have experienced sporadic power outages (not due to weather issues) please let Mayor Braun know. He will be contacting the appropriate department of ComEd trying to get to the bottom of what may be our unstable service problems. Every bit of information will be helpful! THX
Sue Johnson August 06, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Class warfare Juvenal??? lol I've yet to hear that pointing out the saying of "counting your blessings/things could be worse" considered class warfare, but you're entitled to your opinion. I sympathize with anyone anywhere including Flossmoor, Homewood, etc that is without power, that wasn't my point.
Ernie Souchak August 06, 2012 at 03:25 PM
I guess what you are saying is that your neighbors are losing their house thru no fault of their own, and they need some Obama 'wealth' re-distribution, aka Socialism. 'Personal Responsibility' are two words not in the Socialist dictionary.
Juvenal August 06, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Apologies if I misunderstood your point. We should all count our blessings. The fact that someone has worse problems than the original poster shouldn't stop her from raising awareness of a problem that impacts her and many others. Not sure why a consumer burdened by the failings of ComEd should be responsible for buying a generator any more than the owner of a new car should always keep a bicycle in the trunk. And let's not forget: weather may contribute to outages but it almost never causes them: a properly installed inspected and maintained electric grid, with underground lines and well trimmed trees where that is unavoidable, does not lose power every time a storm swings by. These outages are ComEd's fault and ComEd needs to be held accountable.
Sue Johnson August 06, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Apologies excepted Juvenal! :) But Bummer! I expected better from your past lively commentary than comparing ComEd and a NEW CAR? I've found your comments to usually be the some of the sharpest on the site in the past. Maybe if the new car was a lemon and went out as often as our electricity????? :) If I've never had issues before with my new car, I likely wouldn't have a bike in the trunk. If my car went out with every rain storm I'd complain like most, but have an alternative method of transportation, as you brilliantly suggested. I suggested getting a generator because people are losing full fridges and freezers of food habitually......since not usually covered by insurance companies and this can easily add up to thousands of $$$ over time....I thought it was a good suggestion???? Unless you think that this 98th time when ComEd said they fixed the problem they actually did?? It's a bit comical don't you think? I'm not saying awareness shouldn't be raised and people shouldn't get mad each and every time their power goes out. But instead of blowing a gasket each time it rains, maybe getting a generator isn't the worst idea in the world. You can play the blame game and point fingers all your like at ComEd. It won't keep your Filet Mignon or chicken fingers from defrosting.
Beth August 06, 2012 at 07:09 PM
I applaud AJEye for starting this blog and for the rationale posts by Ernie and Juvenal. Sue's comments make my blood boil and I wish I could have dumped my refrigerator/freezer contents at her house 1.5 weeks ago when I was without power for 42 hours. During this weekend's outage, we too were told by Com Ed that we would not have power until the 7th, however, it was just a mere 28 hours. At least a kind neighbor let me run a cord to his power so I didn't lose another frig/freezer full of food, which was a sacrifice for me to buy. And, Sue, not everyone can afford a generator in Flossmoor AND I have less than $40 in my bank account AND I struggle to make my mortgage payment every month. You missed the whole purpose of this blog in that Com Ed should be held accountable and should be forced to provide us with better service both in Flossmoor AND in Homewood.
AJEye August 06, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Funny - I thought you suggested the generator because you were assuming that Flossmoor folks could afford them. Sorry if I was wrong. Bottom line - we are trying to fix the Flossmoor problem and all relevant suggestions are welcome.
Juvenal August 06, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Well the difference is I think my last electric bill was MORE than my car payment. Why when we pay so much should we have such lowered expectations for reliable electrical service? I wouldn't count too much on the mayor, though: ironically if Flossmoor had any leverage with ComEd to fix things they lost it when they switched to the new power provider. What they could have done was insist on specific upgrades and reliability standards within a certain period of time in exchange for NOT implementing a switch. ComEd now has no incentive to do much about the area's horrendous service problem. The law of unintended consequences strikes again.
Sue Johnson August 07, 2012 at 06:52 AM
A generator to power a fridge and a couple laptops is about $500 new. You can pick them on on sites such as CraigsList/Ebay for under $200 used. This is intended to help as I don't know anyone who believes that ComEd will suddenly fix the problem and NONE of us can afford the to lose groceries. Not sure this will help, but a step over the Mayor's head......here is the link to thousands more ComEd complaints... http://www.yelp.com/biz/comed-chicago-3 The best one of action.... " I would recommend anyone with complaints against ComEd contact Lisa Madidan, Illinois Attorney General, linked below; or, the president of ComEd/Exelon, Ms. Anne Prarmaggiore, PO 805479, Chicago, IL, 60680 or 10 S. Dearborn, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL, 60680. ComEd's conduct is essentially criminal. They have a monopoly and are abusing their consumers. "
Juvenal August 07, 2012 at 11:26 AM
The Official info on submitting a claim: http://www.citizensutilityboard.org/ciElectric_Ameren_QS.html Submitting a claim to the ICC does get ComEd to assign a real human to your claim. Don't be deterred by the "bad weather" exception; as described above it is NOT weather that causes failures, it is the underlying malfeasance of the utility in failing to invest in its infrastructure:
Southside2 August 07, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Con Ed needs to be more proactive, audit existing electrical equipment for age and replace it BEFORE it goes out. The company is always fighting outtages, not preventing them! Although one outage was related to a storm, the power has been out three times in the last three weeks to businesses along Dixie @ Ridge. The poles and lines in the backyards of Southgate homes are in terrible shape.
AJEye August 07, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Moving on, as I believe there are additional topics of interest…………What are the thoughts on raising Flossmoor property taxes in order to provide funding for needed repairs to our water system? I have mixed feelings about this, but I am very interested in hearing other opinions.
Southside2 August 08, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Was a play on words Tony :)
Sue Johnson August 10, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Ernie, I forgot to respond to your comment about our neighbors losing their home. The husband was diagnosed with not one but two cancers and has been in and out of the hospital and undergoing treatments and surgery much of the time. Bam there went his job. The wife had to give up her job to be able to take care of him and their son, and they had been making it work for several years but no income takes it's toll and because she willingly quit her job she didn't qualify for unemployment and apparently their insurance didn't have a cap....blah blah. So thanks for assuming, but sometimes bad stuff happens to great people. I personally in their situation would have caved a long time ago yet they are the first people on our block to help out and the son was over cleaning up the branches and sawing a large tree limb into logs for an elderly neighbor last Sunday.


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