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Oak Park voters convincingly passed a referendum Tuesday, which may eventually open the door for cleaner power sources in the village — such as wind and solar.

With 43 of 45 precincts reporting, the referendum appeared to have electrified voters, capturing 66.2 percent of the vote (5,908), according to the Cook County Clerk’s Office.

With the yes vote, village hall will now seek competitive bids for energy providers on the open market. Residents will then be able get a cheaper, more environmentally-friendly source of power, unless they choose to “opt out” of the program and continue receiving energy from the current provider, Exelon.

ComEd, meanwhile, will continue to administer power and provide customer service to residents, such as billing and responding to power outages, according to the village.


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