* Dragging ComEd execs to a hearing to explain what the heck is going on may not be the end-all be-all, but it’s more than anyone at the Statehouse has come up with so far…
The hit to Commonwealth Edison’s political agenda from the federal investigation into its lobbying is being felt now in the city of Chicago in addition to Springfield.
With ComEd’s franchise agreement up for renewal for only the third time in more than 70 years, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is calling now for a public airing before City Council into ComEd’s political behavior as it and parent Exelon have secured a series of lucrative legislative victories in Springfield over the past eight years.
“I think there’s got to be a level of accountability that ComEd has to make publicly to make sure that we understand the magnitude of the problem there because clearly it’s a problem; it’s not just news reports and smoke,” Lightfoot said today in a taping of Bill Cameron’s “Connected to Chicago” program, which airs this coming Sunday morning on WLS. “There’s something real there, and there’s got to be a measure of accountability to the public on that. So we haven’t fully thought out what that would look like, but my expectation is we’re going to call them for some kind of hearing and make them answer some questions in the public about the broader framing of what they were doing, how they were using their shareholders’ dollars and give us assurances that we can be comfortable doing business with them.”
It’s unclear whether Lightfoot actually has the appetite to seek to end the city’s agreement with ComEd. But she can certainly call ComEd officials on the carpet for a City Council hearing to make them sweat a bit while answering questions.
That she can.