Illinoisans who get their electricity from Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) are paying 37 percent more for their electricity delivery than they did in 2012 — when in fact declines in power supply prices over the last decade should have led to lower electric bills. Why the extra cost? The answer lies in a case of political influence enabling a powerful special interest to upend its own regulation, maximizing private profit rather than the public good.
The right infrastructure plan can help the U.S take on some of our biggest challenges -- like inadequate public transit, overflowing landfills, and dirty energy. But the wrong plan can send us backwards.